In an enormous stride forward for Angolan healthcare, Health Minister Silvia Lutucuta inaugurated the Lubango Haemodialysis Centre on Tuesday June 25.
The rehabilitated centre is the first public dialysis centre in Huila; previously, patients in need of the critical treatment had to travel over 370 kilometres to the nearest dialysis centre in the Benguela province. Most had to make the journey multiple times a week, exacerbating a nightmare of logistics.
To mark the significance of the occasion, the event was attended by the President of the Republic João Lourenço, the first lady Ana Dias Lourenço, the local governor Luis Nunes, and the heads of ministerial departments.
Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, the centre has a daily capacity of 75 patients. In addition to providing top-notch patient care and treatment, the centre is designed to be welcoming and comfortable: each patient will have his or her own cubicle with exposure to natural sunlight, and families can relax in an accommodating welcome area. All necessary support functions from a resuscitation room to patient washrooms are provided, as are four isolation cubicles for special cases. A dedicated workshop is provided for dialysis machines to ensure daily routine maintenance for optimised patient care.
The rehabilitation of the dialysis centre is a part of the general renovations currently underway at the General Hospital of Lubango: other facilities to be renovated include the surgical department, ICU, and the emergency and maternity wards.
Dar is incredibly proud to be involved in this effort to facilitate the delivery of specialised and urgent medical care to vulnerable patients.
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