World Hepatitis Day: knowing the viruses

Yesterday the world observed the “World Hepatitis Day” that was created to raise awareness about this condition. There are five different types of hepatitis: A, B, C, D and E. Viruses B and C are the deadliest ones. Nowadays, Portugal is one of the most successful countries in the world dealing with Hepatitis C.

An image of a doctor writing on a notepad. and a piece of text saying "world hepatitis day 2016"

Hepatitis viruses have different incubation periods and can be symptomless for many years. In fact, less than 5% of infected individuals with hepatitis B and C know that they are infected – even nowadays, when it’s possible to detect Hepatitis with a simple blood test. Among those who are aware that they have hepatitis, the vast majority does not get any type of treatment. In a recent press release by the World Health Organization (WHO), Director General Dr. Margaret Chan says: “The world has ignored hepatitis at its peril. It is time to mobilize a global response to hepatitis on the scale similar to that generated to fight other communicable diseases like HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.”

The five virus’ types are very distinct and spread in different ways. Transmission of types A and E are linked to eating contaminated food and drinking contaminated water, and is most common in regions that lack access to safe water, as well as in poor sanitation conditions. Hepatitis B and C commonly spread when blood-to-blood contact occurs, through unsafe injections, syringe sharing and medical procedures, during childbirth (from mother to child), and through sexual contact. Hepatitis D is also transmitted via infected blood, however, it only occurs if the person is already infected with the hepatitis B virus.

Currently, Portugal has an unique approach against hepatitis C, offering universal treatment covering people in all stages of the disease, unlike other countries that only treat more advanced cases. Another example of Portugal’s leading expertise on the field is the participation of Dr. Ana Cláudia Miranda, a specialist in infectious diseases, who represents Portugal at “Committed to Cure”, an European initiative to help cure Hepatitis C – in which only countries with solid and renown expertise in Hepatitis C are invited to be part of. 

Like most diseases, it is helpful to keep in mind that prevention and an early diagnosis are the key to stay healthy. If you are planning on coming to Portugal this summer, take the opportunity and look after your health. We will gladly arrange the right check-up for you, based on your needs, preferences and availability.

Source: World Health Organization, World Hepatitis Day, World Hepatitis Alliance, SOS Hepatites, Committed to Cure

How to look your best in 2015 in a girls only week

Have you have wondered how you can look younger without going under surgery? Then, the Medical Tourism package “Small details make the difference” is just right for you and your friends.

Medical Port and Sagres Vacations recently partnered to create Medical Tourism programs for Americans who wish to travel to Europe. This partnership aims to let consumers know that Portugal is a great option for Medical Tourism. Medical Port works only with top private hospitals and clinics in Lisbon, Oporto, and the Algarve.

Choose Lisbon or Oporto for a week with friends and get yourself immersed in the right beauty treatments, deep and relaxing sleeping, and a good amount of fun. Look and feel younger and energize yourself for the New Year.

The medical component of the program includes:

  • Dermatology consultation
  • Fine wrinkles treatment
  • Flights, transfers with a private driver, hospital concierge, and accommodation.

As for leisure, travellers can:

  • A day cruise in Tejo River (Lisbon) or Douro River (Oporto)
  • Shopping day with the help of a personal shopper
  • Getting beautified – get your hair, make-up and nails done by professionals
  • SPA session – spend an entire day in a SPA
  • Girls night out – have a girls night with dinner and fun

When it comes to aging there are several ways to deal with this concern, but not all include going under surgery. There are dermatological treatments to make people look and feel younger, and regain confidence in themselves. Also, having time to relax, have fun with friends while traveling are great ways to rejuvenate oneself and feel better.

Why choose Portugal?
With centuries of History it’s no surprise that there are plenty of places to see and things to do. From visiting magnificent castles to amazing contemporary art museums, the choice is yours. Portugal is a very safe destination as it’s ranked 18 out of 162 in the Global Peace Index. There’s an average of 3300 hours of sunshine per year, one of the highest in Europe and nearly 30% of the population is fluent in English.

To find out more about this partnership read our previous blog post, here. If you want to know more about “Small Details Make the Difference” contact Medical Port, or Sagres Vacations.

Hospital Lusíadas Lisboa

Hospital dos Lusíadas, Lisbon

Hospital Lusíadas Lisboa is part of Medical Port’s network of highly differentiated health units in Portugal and a great option for your Medical Tourism experience.

Its prime location and unique space architecture allied with state of the art technology are key factors to describe some of its main features.

Hospital dos Lusíadas, Lisbon, Recovery Room
Hospital Lusíadas Lisboa, Recovery Room

Considered by the Reputation Institute as one of the top 100 most prestigious brands in Portugal, Hospital Lusíadas Lisboa has kept high standards in all its services and client care, where effort and passion are associated with the vitality, rigor and confidence this Hospital inspires.

Hospital dos Lusíadas, Lisbon
Hospital Lusíadas Lisboa, Diagnosis Exams

Hospital Lusíadas Lisboa is the official Medical Service for various social, cultural and sports entities, thus demonstrating the quality and competence that has been recognized for in areas of reference such as Mother-Child Unit, Medically Assisted Reproduction Unit, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Emergency Care, Cardiology, Bariatric Surgery and Orthopedics.

Clinical Staff

Hospital Lusíadas Lisboa has over 800 highly qualified healthcare professionals. Their aim is to innovate through their actions in order to offer their clients a friendly, trustworthy and welcoming environment, achieving excellence with dedication, both ethically and humanely.

If you’re considering having surgery or medical treatments abroad, visit Medical Port’s website for more information about procedures, hospitals and doctors available in Portugal.

Learn more about the procedures available for your Medical Tourism experience in Portugal in the fields of Aesthetic Plastic SurgeryAssisted Reproductive TechnologyDiagnosis & Check-upOphthalmologyOrthopedicsRehabilitation and Hernia Repair.

Hospital Lusíadas Porto (located at Boavista Avenue)

Hospital da Boavista in Oporto, Portugal

Hospital Lusíadas Porto (located at Boavista Avenue in Oporto) is part of Medical Port‘s network of highly differentiated health units in Portugal and a great option for your Medical Tourism experience.

Hospital da Boavista in Oporto, Portugal
Hospital Lusíadas Porto (at Boavista Avenue in Oporto, Portugal)

Hospital Lusíadas Porto has been certified by the Joint Commission International in 2012, keeping the certification since then due to its standards of quality, safety, outstanding client care, excellence and prestige services, making it a reference for all its clients.

Hospital Lusíadas Porto at Boavista Avenue is a modern infrastructure endowed with the most advanced technology as well as a solid and experienced team of health professionals operating in areas of reference such as, ENT, Plastic Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Urology, Nuclear Medicine, Orthopaedics and Traumatology, with a capacity of 18.733 surgeries per year and 54.780 inpatients.

Hospital da Boavista in Oporto, Portugal
Hospital Lusíadas Porto (located at Boavista Avenue in Oporto, Portugal)

Also available is a 24 hour emergency service, for both adults and children, which includes an Observation Unit and Recovery Room (Life Support Unit).

Hospital Lusíadas Porto (located at Boavista Avenue) has over 600 highly qualified healthcare professionals. Their aim is to innovate through their actions in order to offer their clients a friendly, trustworthy and welcoming environment, achieving excellence with dedication, both ethically and humanely.

If you’re considering having surgery or medical treatments abroad, visit Medical Port’s website for more information about procedures, hospitals and doctors available in Portugal.