Wednesday , June 23 2021

Angolan patients treated in Lisbon complain about retirement conditions

In a conversation with the Lusa press office in Lisbon, Gabriel Tchimuco, president of Angola Patients Support Association in Portugal (ADAP), he explained that pensions that accept these patients "have never been restored, recovered and equipped", that they would like to get a headache Angola, João Lourenço, who will pay an official visit to Portugal from 22 to 24 November.

"Beds 15 years ago, still today's beds, 15-year-old mattresses, are still today's mattresses, feeding patients is very poor," he lamented.

For Gabriel Tchimuco, the health sector is the main culprit of the current state: "What is happening is that the healthcare sector has not paid the owner of pensions for almost three years."

"There are no omelets without eggs," said Tchimuco, referring to the fact that the health sector of the Angola embassy does not pay pension owners who, in turn, can not guarantee "good nutrition for the sick".

"We're talking about a bad lunch and dinner that comes down to regular soup," he added.

Angola's head of the Angola Health Administration, Augusto Lourenço, admitted last July in Luanda that the Angolan state owes over five million euros to health care expenses in Portugal.

The official stressed that these debts "result from the accumulation of several years of activity", with patients sent for treatment in Portuguese hospitals and that despite the economic and financial crisis facing the country, the Angolan state "strives for depreciation".

In Portugal, there are two pensions that provide shelter from 150 to 170 Angolan patients. The rest is in the residence.

Patients who decide to rent a house receive a grant of 150 euros, an amount that Gabriel Tchimuco considers necessary to be updated, compared to the value of the property market in Lisbon.

The president of the ADAP, an association formally formalized in Lisbon, expressed concern about the housing issue, saying that pensions are "starting to be small" considering the number of patients.

"We need more space because there are too many of us and patients need privacy because of infection, not using the same bathrooms, and giving more dignity to the person," he said.

Gabriel Tchimuco reminds that patients who leave Angola "use the board's certification that goes through the inspection process", where "the medical committee assesses the patient and according to severity".

"If it is a pathology that can not be performed locally, in this case in Angola, the patient uses the Council's certification, arrives in Lisbon and is admitted by the Health Sector of the Angolan Embassy in Portugal," he explained.

The president of ADAP added that the most common pathologies are chronic renal failure and heart problems, adding that more than 30 Angolan patients will be transplanted in Portugal.

Also Gabriel Tchimuco, who suffers from chronic renal failure, came to Portugal in 2013, to receive hospital treatment unavailable in Angola.

From the age of 35, the president of ADAP underwent hemodialysis and transplanted "happily" in 2016.

Having experienced the same difficulties, Gabriel Tchimuco, now 50, created the Angolan Patients Support Association in Portugal, trying to "solve most of the problems" that arise.

"Our main goal is to protect the rights and human dignity of Angolan patients who come to Portugal," he said.

"We can save lives with more and more attention from the health sector, patients must be in company, need more decent social protection and more participation in the healthcare sector," summarized Gabriel Tchimuco.

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