Medical transfers of children from Portuguese speaking African countries.

A P Lucas, F A Pereira, J Pascoal, M J Leal


We reviewed the files of children coming from Portuguese speaking African Countries, admitted to the Surgery Department of Dona Estefânia Hospital between January 1991 and January 1997. There were 108 Medical Transfers: 17 from Angola, 47 from Cape Verde, 26 from Guinea-Bissau, 16 from S. Tomé and Príncipe and none from Mozambique. The assessment of the results and the medical course of these children leads the authors to propose changes, especially in the choice of patients and in hospital assistance, in order to achieve the best ratio between costs and results.

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