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Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:50 - Updated Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:50

Luanda Sanatorium to benefit from facelift in 2018

Luanda - The Sanatorium Hospital located in Palanga neighborhood, Luanda, will start its rehabilitation and expansion works in March next year, due to the poor condition of its structure, built 49 years ago.

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Adriano Mendes de Carvalho, Governor of Luanda

Photo: Lucas Neto

Partial view of Sanatorium hospital

Photo: Lucas Neto

To this purpose, the President of Republic, João Lourenço, paid Friday a few-hour visit to the health institution to learn of difficulties and expansion project of the infrastructure.

Problems facing the hospital include the sewage network, lack of running water and electric power.

The hospital resorts to alternative source such as wastewater treatment, water infiltration inside some compartments.

According to the architect Ricardo Henriques, the first expansion phase of the Luanda Sanatorium building, with capacity for 250 beds, will last between six to eight months.

Some 293 patients are currently hospitalised in Sanatorium, of whom 90 percent suffer from tuberculosis, asthma bronchitis, lung cancer, among other pathologies.

The institution has 25 physicians, 18 Angolans and seven Cubans,as well as 215 nurses.

In order to ensure better service, the Sanatorium needs 87 physicians, said the clinical director, João da Conceição Chiwana.

The Health Minister Sílvia Lutukuta mentioned  tuberculosis as the main cause of the death, calling for joint action and additional investments for its combat.

In turn, the governor of Luanda province, Adriano Mendes de Carvalho, highlighted the visit of the Angolan head of State, João Lourenço, to the health institution of national level.

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