Wolverhampton Wanderers star Ruben Neves has been helping the Portuguese health system in the fight against Coronavirus.
As communicated by Hospital de Santa Maria da Feira on Tuesday morning, the midfielder has donated two ventilators for those who are in intensive care.
“This is a moment of public health emergency that no one can remain indifferent to. We are all few to help in this battle and it’s even a duty to help the region where I am born and where I have family and friends,” said the Wolves star, quoted by Record.
Miguel Paiva, who’s the head of the administration council of Centro Hospitalar de Entre o Douro e Vouga, talked about the importance of the new equipment.
“The new ventilators will help us a lot, allowing that we can treat more patients who need mechanical ventilation support, increasingly needed as they grow the infected numbers in general and patients in critical condition, in particular.”
The doctor has also claimed that Ruben Neves’ donations came from the player’s ‘spontaneous initiative’.
“He contacted the hospital directly, asking how best to help us and this type of attitude – which, fortunately, has multiplied these days – gives us a lot of strength and encourages us to do our best for the inhabitants of the region.”
Record writes that the area attended by this hospital is one of the most concerning in Portugal, since there are over 600 cases for the 350k people who live there. It’s reported that the donation is worth €33k.
According to the latest official numbers, Portugal has 6,408 confirmed cases and 140 deaths due to Covid-19.