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Thu, 07 May 2020 11:47 - Updated Thu, 07 May 2020 11:47

Covid-19: Bié receives six additional ventilators

Cuito - The central province of Bié has received other six ventilators, increasing to eight in total the medical devices to assist possible patients with covid-19, said last Wednesday, the director of the provincial health office, João Campos Cacungula.

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In a press conference, the official stressed that four ventilators were left in the Municipality of Cuito and other four were delivered to the Municipality of Cunhinga.


Although Bié did not report positive cases of covid-19, João Campos considers the number of devices made available by the Ministry of Health (MINSA) to be insufficient.


On the other hand, he admitted that there was a shortage of surgical masks, which is why the provincial government used tailors to manufacture this material, considering it to be more consistent and reusable.

The province, he advanced, has had the stock of gloves and gel alcohol strengthened.

João Campos also informed that the province has 300 swabs to collect samples, stressing that they have already been collected from 15 citizens from Brazil and Portugal, sent to Luanda.

At this time, he said, there are 33 citizens in home and institutional quarantine in the municipalities of Andulo, Cunhinga, Nhârea and Cuito.


He informed that the authorities continue to develop awareness campaigns for the prevention of the pandemic in the communities, counting on the assistance of 1,447 trained Red Cross (CVA) agents.

Currently, the province has 65 trained health professionals, in addition to other staff who are being trained.

The Province of Bié has close to two million inhabitants, of which more than 500,000 live in the city of Cuito.

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