22 Apr Meet The Doctor: Dr. Haunara, Senior Doctor
Dr. Haunara (Nara) is the medical lead in Paediatrics at the Order of Malta Clinic.
Dr Nara graduated with a degree in Medicine in Lisbon University of Medicine, Portugal and specialises in Family and general medicine (Portuguese Family Physician). She worked for Portuguese Goverment from 2004 until June 2015, in Primary Care Services.
In July 2015 she returned to her homeland and worked in the Portuguese Private Clinic in Díli, from February 2016 until July 2017, providing ambulatory care, following the Portuguese Primary Care Procedures.
She started working in the Order of Malta Clinic in November 2017 and ‘loyal patients’ have followed her. One of her patients, an expat who has chronic asthma, revealed that she had a severe attack earlier this year, and it was Dr. Nara who “Saved my life! She is very good, if not for her, I would be gone now.”
We asked Dr Nara to provide some insight into her work.
How did you learn about the Order of Malta Clinic?
I heard about the Order of Malta Clinic from a friend who have collaborated with the Clinic. I have met Ambassador David in the clinic and I gave him my C.V.
How are most patients hearing about the clinic?
The patient know that it is an international clinic and they expect to have a better attendance of health care
In your opinion, what is the most significant health issue facing the people of Timor-Leste?
The most significant health issue that people of Timor-leste are facing is tuberculosis, scabies, and the malnutrition.
Have there been any cases that have stood out to you?
Plenty! I see a lot of patients with infectious or chronic deseases that have been left untreated for a long time or that have previously been mis-diagnosed. I also see a lot of cases of children with moderate or severe malnutrition attending the clinic
What impact has working at the Order of Malta Clinic had on you personally?
Working at the clinic is a big challenge, but I am eager to help this institution achieve its goals as they align with my professional ones.
Working in Order of Malta Clinic has helped me to achieve my professional goal of contributing to the improvement of Timorese health care in my preferred field; focusing mainly on children and maternal antenatal health care, to promote health and disease prevention.
What do you see as the biggest opportunity for the clinic?
Whilst the initial focus must be on health promotion and disease prevention, I would like us to offer distinguished health care services like paediatrics, obstetrics and internal medicine
Eventually, I would like us to have have radiology and laboratory services in-house to extend our clinic investigation, and consequently complement other áreas of services.
Finally, we have a huge opportunity to continue medical training to improve the level of health care available in the country.