Prime Minister Ruak visits Lahane Isolation Center

Prime Minister Ruak visits Lahane Isolation Center

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DILI, 18 september 2021 (TATOLI) – Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak, on saturday, visited the Lahane Isolation Center to see the condition of the Covid-19 patients as well as the condition of the hospital.

“I am happy to see the progress and recovery of the patients. This is a huge takeaway moment for us to see that some patients had been fully recovered and returned home,” Ruak told reporters after seeing the condition of the patients at the Lahane Isolation Center, in Dili, on saturday.

He said there are only three things the patients can put their trust in when they are sick: “The first thing is putting your trust in Almighty God, the next one is doctors and the last one is your family.”

“I would like to thank all the medical workers who are tirelessly working during the day and night to save the lives of our Timorese fellows,” Ruak said.

He said there is indeed minor problems facing the Lahane Isolation Center in terms of logistic, adding he had talked with the Minister of Health and medical workers to find out solutions for those minor problems: “For instance, the hospital having difficulties with getting rid of waste, families don’t have enough rooms to stay over and look after their loved ones and so on.”

“I want to encourage the family members of the patients to trust our doctors in looking after their loved ones. During my visit, I can see that patients express their desire to recover from their current condition. I think this visit would encourage them to not lose hope. I was tested positive for Covid-19 and under home confinement for 16 days. So, I know exactly how it feels when you are on the bed and the health workers are working during the day and night taking care of you,” added Ruak.

As of saturday, 16 patients had been admitted to Lahane Isolation Center for intensive treatment, consisting of 13 men and three women. Of the 16 patients, four are in critical condition, one of whom requires ventilation, while 11 patients are in moderate condition.

A total of 37 seven medical workers, including the AUSMAT team, are working at the Lahane Isolation Center.


Journalist: Filomeno Martins 

Editor: Nelia Borges Rosario


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