Angola: COVID-19 - 500 Doctors Attend Training in Multiperfil Clinic

Luanda — Five hundred doctors, in the province of Luanda, started this Monday in Multiperfil Clinic, in Luanda, an intensive medicine course, to reinforce the hospital units in the framework of the prevention and combat to COVID-19.

The opening of the training programme, aimed essentially at recent graduates, was chaired by the minister of Health, Sílvia Lutucuta, according to whom the number of specialist staff in intensive care in Angola is insufficient.

"This training will assist professionals in the rapid identification of critical patients, their treatment and monitoring of serious cases, observing the highest standards of quality and careful management," said the minister.

On the occasion, Sílvia Lutucuta said that recent studies indicate that more than 80 percent of COVID-19 cases are considered mild, while 15 percent are classified as serious and five percent are critical.

In this way, the minister, who is also spokeswoman of the Multisectoral Commission for Response to Pandemic, underlined that there is a need to prepare the entire health system for an adequate management of cases, especially serious and critical ones.

On his turn, the coordinator of the intensive medicine course for non-intensive care, Lídia Dembi, said that the training programme, with a workload of 20 hours, in two days (Monday and Tuesday), at the Multiperfil clinic, will take place across the country.

The same training may be extended, at the level of Luanda, to the National Institute of Medical Emergencies of Angola (INEMA) and to the Faculty of Medicine of the public Antonio Agostinho Neto University.

The trainees will learn, among other subjects, the handling of mechanical ventilators, basic hemodynamic monitoring, sepsis and septic shocks and correction of metabolic disorders.

Likewise, they will learn techniques to correct electrolyte disturbances, as well as basic interpretation of arterial blood gas analysis.

Before making the training action official, which is to cover 500 technicians, minister Sílvia Lutucuta visited the simulation laboratories of the training centre of the Multiperfil Clinic, made available to the trainees.

Angola recorded, so far, 19 positive cases of the new coronavirus, of which two died and four recovered (all Angolan citizens), figures that have remained unchanged for the past four days (96 hours).

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