The auditorium of the Science and Technology Park of São Miguel served as a stage for the “Regional Health Service Forum: a conquest and a right of the Azoreans”, held by the Regional Section of the Autonomous Region of the Azores of the Nurses’ Order, an event open to participation of the entire civil, professional and academic community.
The Forum’s program was attended by several personalities who, at a national and a regional level, mark the reality of health in Portugal and in the Azores.
The opening session was attended by the Regional Secretary of Health, Rui Luís, who came in representation of the President of the Regional Government of the Azores, the Grand Rector of the University of the Azores, João Luís Gaspar, the representative of the Mayor from Lagoa, the Counselor Albertina Oliveira, the President of the Regional Union of Misericórdias from the Azores, António Barcelos, and the President of the Regional Board of Directors of the Regional Section of the Autonomous Region of the Azores, Nurses’ Order, Luís Furtado.
The Forum was divided in three panels: “Regional Health Service: a construct of the Autonomy of the Azores”, “From the temptation of the conjuctural to the structural need” and the “Regional Health Service of the Azores: what commitments?”.
The first panel was attended by the former presidents of the Regional Government of the Azores, João Bosco Mota Amaral and Carlos César, in a panel moderated by Rui Goulart, from the RTP/ Açores.
The second panel was attended by the President of the General Council of the Foundation for Health, Maria de Belém Roseira, Professor Retired of the National School of Public Health, Constantino Sakellarides and Jorge Simões, Full Professor at the Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine of the Universidade Nova from Lisbon, with the moderation of the Director from Açoriano Oriental, Paulo Simões.
The last panel was attended by the presidents from PS/A, PSD/A, CDS-PP/A and BE/A parliamentary groups, moderated by Berta Tavares.
The closing session was chaired by the Regional Secretary of Health, Rui Luís, the Governor of the 1960 District from Rotary International, Ilda Brás, and by the President of the Regional Board of Directors of the Regional Section of RAA from the Nurses’ Order, Luís Furtado.