New health facility

Vila Real de Santo António (VRSA) Mayor Luís Gomes signed a protocol on July 17 to release a piece of land in the council for the construction of the region’s largest continuing care unit.

This new medical facility, which will have 200 beds, is expected to cost nine million euros to build and will create around 150 direct and indirect jobs.

In return for giving up the land to the company that will build the facility, Villaliving – Promoção e Gestão de Cuidados Continuados Lda, VRSA Câmara will gain 15 free beds for its employees and poor people in the council.

Luís Gomes said: “This is a very important day for the council. This facility will fill in some of the needs felt in this part of the Algarve, strengthening VRSA’s position as an important regional economic centre.”