Rui Portugal

Post-Covid challenges to be discussed in Loulé

A conference entitled ‘Public Health: The post-Covid challenges’ will be held at Loulé’s town hall on Thursday (April 13) at 9pm.

The event will be moderated by Rui Portugal, the country’s deputy director general of health.

Says Loulé Council, he will be speaking about “the changes brought on by the pandemic and the challenges that health services now face after three years in which new methodologies were needed and services had to be adopted in order to respond in the best manner.”

Rui Portugal is a professor at the Medicine Faculty of the University of Lisbon and has held several public administration roles, namely at Lisbon and Vale do Tejo’s Regional Health Administration and the National Health Institute Doutor Ricardo Jorge (INSA). He is a co-founder of NGO Médicos do Mundo Portugal and the recently-created Portuguese Society of Public Health.

The conference is part of a programme celebrating the centenary of the birth of Laura Ayres, a Portuguese virologist, doctor, researcher and professor who was born in Loulé in 1992. She is well-known for her key contributions as one of Portugal’s pioneers in the fight against AIDS. Laura Ayres passed away in Lisbon in 1992.