Turismo de Portugal and NOVA Medical School have created a partnership that aims to ensure the health safety of national tourism, which will be done through the NEST HaT Lab @ NOVA Medical School, the first laboratory in the world with this type of competence. “In this partnership, the NMS will be proven of knowledge supported by biomedical evidence. It will investigate in an applied way, serve the community and innovate. But, above all, promote the health of all. The creation of a climate of trust among visitors, residents of local communities and as companies providing tourist services will be a determining factor in the recovery of the sector and for this it is urgent that they be developed and adopted, studied in the evidence, but also that new solutions appear on a sustainable basis that enable the recovery of the perception of safety and quality of the tourist destination Portugal. Given the strong negative impact to which the sector is subject, the challenges imposed result in an opportunity to recover with a primary focus on resuming activity in an even stronger and more sustainable way for the most resilient communities”, he told DN Jaime da Cunha Branco, director of the NOVA Faculty of Medicine.
The first practical results of the NEST HaT Lab @ NOVA Medical School are already chosen, through the program that attributes the Clean & Safe seal of Turismo de Portugal. “The NOVA Medical School researchers have been helping the Turismo de Portugal team since the first quarter of 2021 in adapting the Clean & Safe seal to the constant evolution of the pandemic reality with the creation of technical support guides for the different types of tourism targeted by this certification initiative “, said the head of the Faculty of Medical Sciences of Universidade Nova de Lisboa. “This initiative will continue, albeit in new ways, strategically defined by the Turismo de Portugal team in collaboration with the NEST HaT Lab @ NOVA Medical School”, added Jaime da Cunha Branco. At the same time, and within the scope of this partnership, the Faculty of Medical Sciences of Nova structured the chair in Health and Tourism, with the development of a teaching, research and community service program.
Bet on qualification of buildings
The certifications of the Faculty of Medical Sciences of Nova de Lisboa in terms of health safety in times of pandemic and post-pandemic are not limited to tourism. “NOVA Medical School’s co / life20 is a building qualification, support and information program, helping managers of a given building, residential and offices, in the development and operation of their covid-19 contingency plan, translating into its context and appropriation of the space as guidelines and norms of the Directorate-General of Health and health authorities”, referred to DN Jaime da Cunha Branco. “As part of this program, webinars were also held with NOVA Medical School specialists, which clarified all the questions of residents or occupants regarding problems related to covid-19. NOVA Medical School’s laboratory services were also made available to residents or occupants of buildings. “.
The Victoria Seguros building, in Miraflores, was the first property in Portugal to receive a “co / life20” qualification by NOVA Medical School, announced the insurance company in January. Duque 70 Building, in Lisbon, also became the first residential development in January to receive this certification, at a time when it was in its final stages of construction.