Portimão Council delivers first four ventilators to local hospital

Portimão Council has donated four ventilators to the town’s public hospital in a bid to help it face the coronavirus outbreak.

The equipment was delivered on Thursday, March 19, just a few days after the council announced that around €350,000 that was due to be invested in a powerboat sports event in Portimão would instead be used to purchase new ventilators (click here).

The council explains that these newly-purchased ventilators are of a “simpler variety” which is why it was able to buy them straight away.

Next week, the council is expecting the arrival of eight intensive care ventilators, as well as 12 syringes and 12 infusion pumps, which are considered “indispensable tools” to support patients in critical condition.

Another 12 ventilators – six of which are described as “state-of-the-art” – are due to arrive in the next eight to 10 weeks as well as a Pulmovista – a device, costing over €50,000, that helps determine what sort of pulmonary treatment is most adequate for each patient.

There are currently eight confirmed cases of Covid-19 infection in Portimão.

michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com