Coronavirus: Cristiano Ronaldo, Agent Donate Intensive Care Units To Portuguese Hospitals

Cristiano Ronaldo is doing his bit to help fight against the coronavirus. AFP

The Juventus forward and his agent have been in contact with the hospitals and are planning to equip two wards in the Santa Maria hospital in Lisbon and one at the Santo Antonio hospital in Porto.

Cristiano and Mendes will pay for all the equipment in this part of the two hospitals.

"This can be a essential funding that features greater than a dozen respirators and different obligatory gear", Eurico Castro Alves, director of the hospital's surgical procedure division, instructed newspaper Jornal de Noticias, including the unit would bear their names.

"The units will be equipped with the charitable contribution of Mendes and Ronaldo".

Cristiano Ronaldo is widely regarded as one of the most skilful footballers in the world, but a former teammate of his has now jokingly claimed to have taught the Juventus superstar all of his tricks.

"These units, called UCI Jorge Mendes and UCI Cristiano Ronaldo, after the COVID-19 [pandemic is over] will be converted and will remain as a reinforcement of intensive care medicine, which had 31 beds before the new coronavirus pandemic, increasing its capacity to 51 beds", ESPN quoted the Lisbon hospital centre as saying.

Santo Antonio's new wing will allow space for 15 fully equipped intensive care beds.

Portugal now has 2,362 reported cases of COVID-19, with 33 deaths.

Mendes had already provided 1,000 masks and 200,000 protective gowns to the Sao Joao hospital in Porto last week as well as ordering eight further ventilators to be distributed to hospitals across Portugal.

"If necessary, Cristiano Ronaldo would like to do the same in Madeira", he added.



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