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Date: 14/01/2008
NORTH SANTIAGO HOSPITAL OPENS ITS DOORS TODAY

The North Santiago Regional Hospital will open its doors today to users from six of the municipalities located on the island of Santiago. Offering essential care in the areas of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and General Surgery, among others, the new health facility will facilitate access to medical care for the population living in the central and northern portions of the island, who until today had to travel to the capital, Praia, on the island’s southern tip, for specialized consultations or to undergo surgery. The inauguration ceremony will take place at 3:30 pm.


According to a press release from the Ministry of Health, “the institutionalization of the North Santiago Health Region is a decisive step in the sector’s decentralization process, and encompasses the municipalities of Santa Catarina, Tarrafal, São Miguel, Santa Cruz, São Jorge dos Orgãos and São Salvador do Mundo.”

The hospital is “a facility for service on the secondary level, complementing the primary health care services guaranteed by local health centers and their respective extensions, health posts and community health units,” continues the communiqué.

The North Santiago Regional Hospital will make essential care available in the areas of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, General Surgery, Bone Trauma and Hematology, and will feature a blood bank as well. It will also offer diagnostic examinations, including clinical analyses and radiology.

The hospital is located in Achada Falcão, in the municipality of Santa Catarina.

The unveiling ceremony will be attended by Prime Minister José Maria Neves and Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, who is on a four-day official visit to Cape Verde. Minister of Health Basílio Ramos will speak at the opening of the new health facility, and Bishop Paulino Évora will bless the hospital at approximately 4:30 pm.




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