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COVID-19 testing rate in Portugal is more than double compared to other countries

29 May, 20

Portugal is one of the poorest countries in the euro zone and has the fewest beds in intensive care services, but even so it has been a global example in the fight against the new coronavirus.

The result is the result of a joint effort, a lot of work and organization, both by the private and university sector and by a government that came together at a time of pandemic like the current one.

It is also worth highlighting the crucial role that the Portuguese have had not only for respecting the measures and recommendations implemented by the government, but also for the initiatives they had, namely, fundraising to support hospitals and needy citizens, production of protective equipment (PPE's) for healthcare professionals and disinfectant manufacturing.

Learn more at: 

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/science-and-disease/portugals-covid-19-test-rate-double-almost-every-nation/?fbclid=IwAR0PTvPexdnUUokEC8eQwBISkNNsBaURMjLKPm3dMDt8ZqCxgUUxXDvhhvc

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Qlinic-Platform for clarification on health issues

18 May, 20

Questions about health?

Qlinic responds!

Qlinic is a project developed by Medicine students at the University of Algarve UAlg with the support of the ABC-Algarve Biomedical Center, with the aim of providing free answers to Portuguese health questions.

You have at your disposal a multidisciplinary team of health professionals, with a solidary and humanist spirit ready to help you at any time!

Ask your question at: https://qlinic.pt/ 

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The Algarve Biomedical Center (ABC) has already carried out 14,000 tests in homes and day care centers in the Algarve and Alentejo region.

15 May, 20

The Algarve Biomedical Center (ABC) has already carried out 14,000 tests on employees and users of nursing homes and kindergartens in the Algarve and Alentejo region.

Among the 105 institutions for the elderly tested in the Algarve (users and employees), «we only had one case of a positive home, the Misericórdia de Boliqueime, but it was identified in due time, which allowed for its adequate isolation», stated Nuno Marques , president of ABC.

In Alentejo, 1451 tests have been carried out in 17 institutions dedicated to the elderly. And the work continues daily.

With regard to day care centers, a sector where there is "a much larger number of institutions", part of which will already open next Monday, the 18th, the president of ABC stressed that it was necessary to do "enormous planning, to achieve this , in the space of a week and a half, respond to everything», again in the Algarve, Baixo Alentejo and its coast.

In all, all employees of 129 crèches in the Algarve will be tracked, in order to «reduce the risk of contagion as much as possible» when they open.

Contrary to what happened with institutions for the elderly, where the ABC team traveled to each one of them, in the case of tests for employees of daycare centers that will open on the 18th, they are the ones who go to the drive-thru centers installed next to the Algarve Stadium and Portimão Arena, which allows us to increase our responsiveness.

Minister Ana Mendes Godinho praised the «extraordinary work of the ABC», stressing that its pioneering spirit in home screening turned out to be a good practice that is already being replicated across the country.

 

Learn more at:

https://www.sulinformacao.pt/2020/05/abc-ja-fez-14-mil-testes-em-lares-e-creches-no-algarve-e-no-alentejo/?fbclid=IwAR3qnlDCEisk32AzkKYOhBvdFuNcP_QJWAEghO4dfdhNRcp6-3WykwLGAc8

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CombiCOV Project-Serological screening of professionals at risk

8 May, 20

The CombiCOV Project, the first serological study carried out by the Algarve Biomedical Center and the Champalimaud Foundation in the municipality of Loulé, confirms that contact with the virus is much higher than the number of cases detected by diagnostic tests.

In this project, the researchers chose to combine serological screening (ELISA technique and rapid detection kits for IgM and IgG anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies) with viral diagnostic tests (qRT-PCR) to obtain maximum information, in a short time.

Of the 1235 professionals at risk tested, only 0.2% knew they had been infected with the new coronavirus, however, 2.8% of this population had contact with the virus and developed antibodies in recent months, which corresponds to a rate of 14 times higher infection than detected by diagnostic tests used alone.

In addition, the quantification of antibodies that each individual has has a much lower cost compared to diagnostic laboratory tests, which makes serological tests an efficient strategy for the prevention of COVID-19 and the resumption of activities in the country .

According to the Assistant Secretary of State and Health, Jamila Madeira, «being a pilot project, it is a very interesting path. Because it allows us to carry out a first screening, in a more economically efficient way. It is a path that uses resources that are more available, commonly used, and only in more concrete situations does it resort to diagnostic tests. At the outset, this makes sense to us».

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Thank you all for your contribution!

4 May, 20

The ABC-Algarve Biomedical Center hereby thanks all those who have contributed both with monetary donations and with essential material for this daily struggle against COVID-19.

Your contribution has been fundamental in strengthening the Algarve's hospitals and healthcare facilities with the material necessary for the treatment of patients with COVID-19 and personal protection equipment. In addition, we also want to thank you for the support we have received from many local restaurants and grocery stores.


It is this spirit of mutual help that makes the difference in situations like the one we are currently experiencing!

Loulé City Council; Mcdonald's; Maxi Pizza

Derio Chan (Macau); Faro Makers; APT3D

Francisco Saraiva; Ernesto São Simão Lda

João Pedro Santos; Montebranco Snack Bar,

Neighborhood Grocery; “Helping Algarve” Movement

Penha Pharmacy; ELSA PIRES - Luxury Collection

Democratic Union of Southern Teachers

Boehringer Ingelheim; MARK 6;P ortugal INVITES All

Invitrocell; Sergio Roque - Drugstore S. Luis; FIAAL - Ford Store;

PPtex Indústria Textil, Lda within the Help to Protect Others project

Cimpor; Soarauto - J. Soares & Rodrigues Lda

Laksya Wellness Group; Lundin Mining

Southern Orthopedic Center; Pontautos-Volvo

NBG System; Kikadesign; Alliance Francaise de Faro


THANK YOU VERY MUCH TO ALL!:)

We are all very grateful for your support, and over here, we will continue to do our best to ensure that our hospitals and patients lack nothing!

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Sample Collection Kits for Covid-19 Testing

28 Apr, 20

Here is the final product!!

The first Sample Collection Kits for the laboratory detection of the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, have already been delivered and many more will be in the coming days!

The production of these kits results from a partnership between the institutions ABC-Algarve Biomedical Center and Instituto Superior Técnico, and the companies Hidrofer and Logoplaste, and has the support of the Luso-American Foundation for Development (FLAD).

Pride in what is ours!

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1235 serological tests carried out in the municipality of Loulé

25 Apr, 20

As part of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Champalimaud Foundation and the ABC-Algarve Biomedical Center will carry out 1235 serological tests on health and risk professionals in the municipality of Loulé.

This study aims to assess the degree of immunity of the population tested, that is, whether or not an individual has antibodies against the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) in the blood, and thus help in the implementation of future measures in the recovery phase of the pandemic and resumption of economic activity.

The Algarve Biomedical Center will be in charge of blood sample collection, transport logistics and possible viral tests by real-time PCR (qRT-PCR), while the Champalimaud Foundation will carry out serological tests by enzyme immunoassay (ELISA) or by rapid serological tests (POCT).

Learn more at:

https://www.noticiasaominuto.com/pais/1465214/fundacao-champalimaud-realiza-1235-testes-serologicos-em-loule?fbclid=IwAR2TK4DwePPV9CburPyS17x41QFEB8E3Ro9ip-qJSmJsR6ebtL7N528jUjo

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Protocol signed for the industrial production of kits for tests to covid-19

24 Apr, 20

On April 23, the protocol was signed between the ABC-Algarve Biomedical Center, Instituto Superior Técnico, Hidrofer and Logoplaste, which ensures the production of sample collection kits for the laboratory detection of the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2.

This project aims to cover the current needs of swabs at the national level and also foresees being able to export to other countries.

The signing of the protocol took place at the Technological and Nuclear Campus (CTN) of the Instituto Superior Técnico, where each member of the entities involved, the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor, the Minister of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security, Ana Mendes Godinho, and the Minister of Territorial Cohesion, Ana Abrunhosa.

A 100% Portuguese product that results from the union of the state, academic centers and companies to face the current pandemic.

A true example that unity is strength and that together we will win Covid-19!

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Solidarity Campaign AMA- Supports, Mobilizes and Acts!

17 Apr, 20

AMA ABC-Algarve Biomedical Center!

The Malhadinha Nova and Garrafeira Soares, two companies of the same group, have created a campaign fundraising to help three institutions in preventing and combating Covid-19, the AMA campaign - supports, mobilizes and acts. This support will be done in three ways: creation of three fundraising pages, one for each of the institutions; donation of 25 thousand euros by the two companies; donation of packs sponsored by Herdade da Malhadinha Nova and Garrafeira Soares, through the fundraising page, in the amounts of €250, €500 and €1000.

The ABC-Algarve Biomedical Center is one of the institutions included in this campaign. As such, participate in this monetary collection to help in the various actions that the ABC-Algarve Medical Center has underway to combat the current pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Find out how at:  https://grandesescolhas.com/ama-campanha-solidaria-da-malhadinha-apela-aos-consumidores/?fbclid=IwAR1-7kgXzBDSZjO2szm5ONzO3N_ej663pRqAe7CzhhNFZDmKW8VQJoqPLjY

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COVID-19: Algarve Biomedical Center has already tested 20 institutions from 10 municipalities in the region

13 Apr, 20

The ABC-Algarve Biomedical Center has already tested 20 institutions from 10 municipalities in the Algarve, making a total of 1600 people tested.

So far, only confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been detected in 3 institutions, two nursing homes, in the Santa Casa da Misericórdia home in Boliqueime and in the home in Vila Real de Santo António and, in one IPSS, the Casa do Povo of Alferce.

Starting this week, ABC will use the so-called pooling of samples, that is, for the first time in Portugal and similarly to what is done in Germany, from each institution several samples will be selected for analysis and, only if positive cases are detected , the analyzes will be done individually.


Learn more at:

https://www.sulinformacao.pt/2020/04/25-dos-lares-algarvios-ja-foram-testados-a-covid-19/?fbclid=IwAR0bE3gVe54BHBPN9wuL3frFyrQ9rhz8IdyL_wrFWy0LOa-dC1wZL3wPXtE

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Industrial production of COVID-19 testing swabs

9 Apr, 20

Following a project conceived by the Algarve Biomedical Center and the start-up of the Algarve MARK6 protoryping, the company Hidrofer, from Vila Nova de Famalicão, will produce swabs for testing COVID-19.

A daily production of around 50,000 swabs is expected, which will strongly reinforce the National Health System's (SNS) response capacity in the face of the current pandemic.

Based on the ABC investigation, Mark 6 Prototyping, a startup linked to the University of Algarve, still produced around 700 swabs, however, the “lack of industrial capacity”, stressed Manuel Heitor, led to the partnership with Hidrofer, the company that will allow the mass production of swabs.

The swabs are thus the result of a partnership between the Clinical Academic Center Algarve Biomedical Center, the start-up Mark 6 Prototyping, the Instituto Superior Técnico, in Lisbon, and the Hidrofer company.


Read the news in full at:

https://www.publico.pt/2020/04/08/sociedade/noticia/empresa-famalicao-cobre-necessidades-sns-produzindo-12-mil-zaragatoas-hora-1911603?fbclid=IwAR0yqjoBJVFp2SLrcHGacuuCokha1ACo8q3yw4fl2bxx4OuZS1nW5_fclw0

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Portable X-ray equipment delivered to CHUA

7 Apr, 20

Good news!!!

A portable X-ray equipment that was acquired by the ABC-Algarve Biomedical Center, through a donation donated for this purpose by a group of patrons named "Helping Algarve", was delivered today to the University Hospital Center of the Algarve (CHUA).

According to Helping Algarve Movement Spokesperson Duncan Irvine, “We can collectively contribute to stopping this scourge by donating money to our local hospital system and helping healthcare professionals who are on the front lines. That's what we did: we united for a cause that, having arisen through the initiative of the foreign community residing here, will benefit the entire population”.

Another excellent initiative aimed at protecting health professionals and providing them with adequate health care.

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Initiatives of Algarve Biomedical Center (ABC) to fight COVID-19

6 Apr, 20

ABC tracks elderly homes in the Algarve

The Algarve Biomedical Center (ABC) has been screening, since April 1, all users and employees of the elderly homes in the Algarve. In four days, around 400 people have already been tested in five homes of the Region.

The teams are composed by doctors of different specialties and nurses, and the harvests are analyzed in the laboratories of the Center for Research in Biomedicine (CBMR), of the University of Algarve, a member of ABC.


Swabs made in Algarve

The Algarve started to produce swabs using the manual method. In three days, around a thousand have already been produced to meet the needs of the Region.

The initiative results from a partnership between the Algarve Biomedical Center (ABC) and the start-up MARK6 - PROTOTYPING.

 

COVID-19 test center in the Algarve has already tested 1200 people

The COVID-19 testing center in the Algarve has already carried out 1200 tests on the population of the Region. Since April 1, people considered suspected of being infected with the new coronavirus, whom health authorities have recommended testing, but who do not require hospital care, have been referred to this drive-thru located at Estádio Algarve. When arriving at the place in their own vehicle, from where they never leave, people are guided by the authorities present, who show them the route to go, having two stops: next to a first tent, in which they identify themselves; in a second tent, where they test through the car window.

The samples collections and analyzes are carried out by the Algarve Biomedical Center (ABC).

The objective of the creation of this test center was to reduce the risk of infection, since the less serious suspected cases started to be tested quickly and safely, without being exposed to the hospital environment or other health units and, still, without contact with people or fomite during waiting and harvesting.

 

ABC trains students to assist on the SNS 24 Line

The Algarve Biomedical Center (ABC) established a partnership with the Ministry of Health to strengthen the response capacity of the SNS24 Line. There are already 160 medical students from the University of Algarve trained and who are part of the Faro call center.

An experience that is being replicated in Braga, where it also opened a call center to reinforce the SNS24 Line. Here, 130 medical students from the University of Minho are allocated, to whom ABC provided training, maintaining a team in person monitoring.

 

Algarve creates support line for the population on COVID-19

The population of the Algarve has a free telephone line, INFO COVID-19 Algarve, for clarification on COVID-19. The line works every day between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm through the number 800 222 019.

The initiative is from the Algarve Biomedical Center (ABC) and aims to answer questions, as well as inform citizens about care and procedures to ensure the safety and compliance with the National Emergency State.

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INFO COVID-19 Algarve Helpline

3 Apr, 20

INFO COVID-19 Algarve

Currently, the resident and non-resident population in the Algarve is vulnerable due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The impact on people's lives will be health, economic and social, as well as human. Residents and tourists in the Algarve region expect that there is an adequate response from the health services to their needs, and are expectant and anxious given the current circumstances.

In this context, the Algarve Biomedical Center – ABC, created the INFO COVID-19 Algarve Support line, which aims to be a complementary solution to the National Health Service (SNS), neither replacing nor competing with the SNS24 e, which has the same objective to ensure an adequate and regular monitoring of the health situation of residents and tourists outside their region or country of residence.

All information is provided by health professionals, being forwarded to the SNS24 line whenever they deem it necessary.

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COVID-19 tracking of users and employees of nursing homes in the Algarve

30 Mar, 20

The COVID-19 screening of users and employees of all the nursing homes in the Algarve begins this week.

Another project by the ABC-Algarve Biomedical Center in conjunction with the Ministries of Social Security, Health and Science, Technology and Higher Education to help stop COVID-19!

Both sample collections and laboratory analysis will be carried out by ABC, with the tests being carried out in the laboratories of CBMR, UAlg's Medicine Department. The future follow-up of positive cases will also be carried out by the consortium that brings together the University of Algarve and the Hospital and University Center of the Algarve.


Read the news in full at:

https://www.sulinformacao.pt/2020/03/utentes-e-funcionarios-de-todos-os-lares-do-algarve-vao-fazer-testes-a-covid-19/

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