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Note: The values of the chapter of deliveries were revised at 2/4/2018.

DREM releases today on its website the publication “Health Statistics in the Autonomous Region of Madeira 2016” and updates the time series on Health Statistics, with data for the year of 2016

DREM releases today on its website the publication “Health Statistics in the Autonomous Region of Madeira 2016”, a compilation of data concerning Health in the Autonomous Region of Madeira on several domains: Health staff, Hospitals, Official Clinics, Pharmacies, Vaccination, Parturitions and Causes of Death. At the same time an update of the time series on Health Statistics, including the data for the year of 2016, is made available.

The annual publication contains a summary of the main results, from where the following was extracted:

Health staff  (2016)

  • The number of physicians registered in the Guild at December 31st of 2016 was 968, up by 5.9% when compared to the corresponding day of 2015 (941 physicians at 31/12/2015). Of that total 55.7% (539) were specialists. The number of physicians per 1,000 inhabitants maintained an upward trend, rising from 3.6 in 2015 to 3.8 in 2016.
  • In December 31st of 2016 the number of dentists was 179, up by four from 2015 (175).
  • In 2016, 2,148 nurses were registered in the Guild (an increase of 3.1%), which corresponded to 8.4 nurses per 1,000 habitants (8.1 in the previous year).
  • In 2016, the number of pharmacists was 229 (an increase of 14 pharmacists over 2015).

Health establishments

     Hospitals (2016)

  • In 2016, there were nine hospitals in the Autonomous Region of Madeira, three of them official and the remaining six private.
  • In the year of reference, the average number of used hospital beds stood at 1,813 (average of the four quarters), representing a ratio of 7.1 beds per 1,000 inhabitants (7.2 in 2015).
  • 25.7 thousand persons stayed overnight as inpatients (24.7 thousand in 2015), while the number of outpatient appointments reached 548.5 thousand.
  • 13.3 thousand major and medium surgeries were performed, 15.2% of  which urgent. In 2015, the number of small surgeries increased by 4.8% to 12.2 thousand.
  • In the reference year, 132.5 thousand persons were attended in the emergency departments (135.8 thousand in 2015).

Official Clinics (2015)

  • According to the information provided by SESARAM (Health Service of the Autonomous Region of Madeira), in 2015, there were 15 official clinics and 34 extensions in the Autonomous Region of Madeira. Eight of the official clinics offered basic emergency services (1 had an inpatient system), while 15 provided domestic support services.
  • In 2015, 353,883 outpatient appointments were carried out in the Official Clinics, a 1.9% decrease from 2014 (360,810).
  • 129,396 patients were attended in the emergency services in 2015, up by 1.1% from 2014 (128,020).

Pharmacies (2016)

  • In 2016, there were 65 pharmacies in the Autonomous Region of Madeira, 1 medicine depot and 18 points of sale for medicinal products not subject to a medical prescription (the same values as in the previous year).
  • There were 25 pharmacies per 100,000 inhabitants in 2016. 

Vaccination (2016)

  • According to the data provided by the Institute of Health Administration and Social Affairs (IA Saúde), 98,314 vaccines of 39 different types were administered in the Autonomous Region of Madeira in 2016, up by 0.5% over the previous year.
  • The number of vaccines administered under the Regional Imunisation Programme was 58,557. Outside this Programme the number of administered vaccines stood at 39,757.

Deliveries by mothers (2016)

  • 1,826 deliveries by mothers residing in the Autonomous Region of Madeira (RAM) were carried out in 2016, representing a 5.2% decrease over 2015 (-100 deliveries).
  • Thirty four of that total were deliveries of twins. In the year of reference, 51.9% of the deliveries were from mothers aged between 25 and 34 years.

Causes of death (2015)

  • In 2015, the diseases of the circulatory system remained as the main cause of death in the Autonomous Region of Madeira (ARM), generating 737 deaths, i.e. 28.2% of the 2.611 deaths (28.5% in 2014). In this group of diseases, the strokes were responsible for 237 deaths (a 9.1% share).
  • The diseases of the respiratory system were the second most important cause of death, generating 549 deaths, i.e. 21.0% of the total (18.1% in the previous year).  Pneumonia culminated in 375 deaths, 14.3% of the total.
  • Malignant neoplasms  were the third most important death cause in the Region in 2015, contributing with 525 deaths, 20.1% of the total (22.3% in 2014). In this group of diseases, larynx and trachea/bronchial/lung tumors killed 82 people (3.1% of the total number of deaths).

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