National Palliative Care Network to be functional by 2020 – coordinator

Praia, Dec 18 (Inforpress) – The coordinator of the Oncological Disease Prevention and Control Program announced that by 2020 the National Palliative Care Network will be functioning for a “better response and treatment” of patients in need of this care in the country.

Carla Barbosa was speaking on Tuesday to Inforpress as part of a course on “Basic Palliative Care for Chronic Cancer and Non-Cancer Patients”, which takes place over two days at the Medical Association in Praia.

This course is intended for health professionals from the Health Centers who will host the pilot project, namely Achada Santo António and Achada Grande Trás, in Praia, Santa Rita Viera Regional Hospital, Santa Catarina, and Baptista de Sousa Hospital in Sao Vicente.

In Cape Verde, according to this pathologist, more than 50 percent (%) of all cases of mortality belong to chronic noncommunicable diseases, namely diseases of the cardio and brain vascular system (infarction and stroke), neoplasms (prostate cancer, breast cancer, cervix and digestive tract), and respiratory diseases. Given the current reality of the epidemiological profile of the country, it is “essential” to organize a palliative care network.



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