A project promoted by a former nurse proposes to raise 2,500 tablets to combat the social isolation of Covid and non-Covid patients hospitalized in Portuguese hospitals of the National Health Service, one of the promoters, Luísa Machado, told Lusa this Wednesday.
The perception that “at least 10% of hospitalized patients are capable of making video calls, but do not have equipment”, gave birth to "I'm" project, promoted by the non-profit association “Semeiabraços”, based in Porto, he added.
The equipment is intended for "hospitalized patients who have their family members' visits conditioned", explained the official, based on the knowledge that "there are many people hospitalized in palliative care who are currently socially isolated"
“Estou” emerged in Portugal as a citizenship project, inspired by the Spanish “Acortando la distancia”, and framed in the fact that the “pandemic of the new coronavirus does not deprive only patients with Covid-19 from being in contact with family members, ”explained Luísa Machado.
“It also ended up dictating the distance between thousands of patients who, when hospitalized, were no longer able to receive visits from family members”, being those, “who are isolated”, to whom the project is aimed, he emphasized.
The challenge arose from “a group of Portuguese doctors”, all of whom “collaborate voluntarily, in order to raise funds for the purchase of tablets”.
Of this work, said the former health professional, “they managed to raise 40 tablets, 21 of which have already been delivered to several hospitals and palliative care units.
The equipment itself “is endowed with specific 'software' offered graciously for the project and which can“ be used even by those who have more difficulties in the use of new technologies, without the need for login, email or telephone number of patients ”He added.
Aware that “Portugal is a country where digital illiteracy is still a problem”, Luísa Machado explained that everything is done in an easy way: “the 'software' allows patients to make a video call two clicks away, without any need to create accounts ”.
In this phase, the 2,500 pieces of equipment that “Estou” intends to collect “are destined for hospitals of the National Health Service” and the project “already has the support of some companies, but“ its dissemination is essential for success ”, underlines Luísa Machado.
"At our online platform, it is possible not only for hospitals to register to receive the equipment, but also for companies and individuals to make their donations ”, he observed.
Another of the “differentiating factors of''m 'is the fact that the tablet“ stays in the patient's unit throughout the hospital stay, allowing more frequent, longer-term contacts with the family, without the intervention of health professionals ”, he stressed. responsible.
"The tablets are delivered, blocked, to the use of other applications so that the original intention of the project is not distorted for other purposes", underlined Luísa Machado.