/The Portuguese nurse of Boris Johnson

The Portuguese nurse of Boris Johnson

Thankfully, British prime-minister Boris Johnson is fully recovered after being hit by Covid-19. In a speech, he thanked the nurses that were by his side during his internment period: Jenny, from New Zealand, and Luís, from Portugal, near Porto. 

Quoting: “The reason my body, in the end, did start to get enough oxygen was because for every second of the night they were watching, and they were thinking, and they were caring and making the interventions I needed”. Later it was known that Johnson phone called nurse Luis to thank him personally.

Who is nurse Luís?

Luís Pitarma, 29 years old, completed the Nursery studies in 2013, having spent a year in the Lathi University in Finland, through the Erasmus program. He started working at the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, in Bedfordshire, in 2014, and then in Guy’s e St. Thomas’ hospital group, in 2016.

The determinant for his role assisting premier Johnson and during the pandemic were the specialization courses in intensive care he took at the King’s Health Partner, University of London South Bank and also at the Royal Free Hospital. He’s an expert in the ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) technique, allowing the patient to get oxygen without breathing, which proved crucial to the well-being of premier Johnson.

Surely the story will quickly be forgotten; nevertheless, may this be a signal of the ever-renewed cooperation between Portugal and Great Britain, which lasts since the 14th century. According to Promedical, a healthcare recruitment company, there were around 3.600 Portuguese nurses in the NHS in December 2016.

Algarve: encouraging pandemic numbers

Portugal continues to show encouraging numbers regarding the containment of the pandemic, and this is especially true for Algarve. By the time this article is being written, there were 10 deaths in the Algarve caused by Covid-19. The total number of positive and identified cases was 306 and 37 people were recovered entirely. There are around 450 000 permanent inhabitants in the region.