On the sidelines of a visit to Quinta do Mocho, in the municipality of Loures, in Lisbon, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa was asked about today's news from the Público newspaper, according to which the obstetrics urgencies of four of the largest hospitals in Lisbon will be closed during the summer, closing rotating one at a time, due to the lack of specialists.
"I hope it will be properly explained, explained, so people will understand exactly how it will be and then not have the concerns that I saw appear," he said.
From the perspective of the head of state, "this explanation is very important to calm the spirits of people in such a vast community, in such a wide area" as Lisbon.
"There is no explanation to understand exactly how it is, what is the magnitude and to see if what is working is able to respond to the foreseeable needs in the months of August and September," he said.
For Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, "it has to be explained to people because, apparently, it is to be applied in the month of August and in the month of September, and people have to perceive."
"I do not have exactly the memory, but I think that it is neither the first, nor the second, nor the third time, when the summer approaches, there is talk about the closing of emergencies, or obstetrics or pediatrics, , various specialties, because of problems of functioning or lack of human resources, "he recalled.
"I myself made an effort to perceive and realized that of the four urgencies of Lisbon, closes one, there are only three, during this two-month period and therefore, the one that closes is going, but it was as I realized, I do not know if I realized well because the news suddenly implied that it was a generalized catch, "he admitted.
That is why it is necessary to "explain people well, because it is not possible to close maternity wards, that is, it is not possible to close births."
"Births occur when they occur and occur in August or September can not say look, wait a little that there is only availability for birth from the end of September," he said.
On who should give clarification, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa thinks that the ARS "will explain this to the parliament".
The president of the Regional Health Administration of Lisbon and Vale do Tejo (ARSLVT) assured today that pregnant women will not go ambulance between hospitals in the region of Lisbon, during the summer, usually more critical period of hospital operation.
"The hospital that we say as closed, in quotes, will continue to respond to your scheduled activity. The ladies will continue to have their babies there safely and even if there was an urgency of a person who did not come by the CODU (Center of Orientation of Urgent Patients) or the INEM, would have its child. I can guarantee that there will not be pregnant ambulance from hospitals to hospitals in the region of Lisbon, "said Luis Pisco Lusa.