Cherry season promising
JM leads with the news that Regional Secretary of Health and Civil Protection, Pedro Ramos considers that “due to its unique location”, the main Dr Nélio Mendonça hospital in Funchal “will probably have another use and not necessarily in the health area”. In an interview with JM and radio 88.8, the official, who was almost permanently high-profile in the local news during the pandemic, reveals that more family health units will be created and has announced a new platform in the area of assistance and guarantees that will come into force in 2024.
The new hospital, currently under construction west of Funchal in Santa Rita is due to be completed by the second half of 2027. Due to the age of the current primary hospital on the island, it will be a relief to many staff and patients to see it up and running.
Today’s pictorial highlight is the fruit of the season: the cherry that, this year, came in abundance, both in Jardim da Serra and in Curral das Freiras. The newspaper adds, that is if the weather doesn’t spoil before the day of the harvest.
The transport of goods through the ports of the Region increased by 13% in the latest figures.
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