Presidente of RDTL visited Oé-Cusse
On March 25 and 26, 2019, the Special Administrative Region of Oé-Cusse Ambeno received a visit from His Excellency Dr. Francisco Guterres Lu Olo, President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, who accepted the invitation of the President of the RAEOA-ZEESM TL, Dr. Mari Alkatiri, to be present at the commemoration of the World Day against Tuberculosis and the launch of the Oé-Cusse Regional Plan for the Elimination of Tuberculosis, based on the restructuring of the local health system and active patient search and community participation.
At the arrival of the President of the Republic, besides the President of the Authority, Liu Rai de Oecusse and the 18 Chiefs of Suco, as well as the Regional Secretaries, were present. The reception also had the joy of hundreds of children from the nearby schools.
Taking advantage of the visit to Oé-Cusse, HE Dr. Francisco Guterres Lu Olo also presided over the opening of Expo Oé-Cusse 2019, a show of traditional products and dissemination of Culture, Agriculture, Health and Tourism, where he was received with traditional dances and performances of children whose joy and greetings were, moreover, a constant throughout their stay in the Region.
The first of the two days of the visit ended with a dinner-reception hosted by the President of the RAEOA-ZEESM TL Authority, Dr. Mari Alkatiri, who brought together in the Customs Room of Palaban various personalities, including the Indonesian Consul Ms. Marya Onny Silaban, and the Portuguese Ambassador to Timor-Leste, José Pedro Teixeira.
On the second day of his visit, the President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste traveled to the Referal Hospital of Oé-Cusse and the Heart Clinic to be able to live the quality of the investments that RAEOA – ZEESM TL has been doing in the area of health, exchanging impressions with doctors, nurses and health technicians of the Region.
After having also been able to verify the local development regarding the road network, with properly paved roads, marked and signposted, HE Dr. Francisco Guterres Lu Olo accepted the challenge to plant a tree in the surrounding area of Oé-Cusse International Airport «Rota of Sandalwood, thus anticipating the launch on April 4 of the Campaign «Seven Million Trees in Oé-Cusse by 2023».
Before returning to the Aitarak-Laran Presidential Palace, the President of the Republic visited the Oé-Cusse International Airport “Sandalwood Route”, the latest large-scale equipment in Oé-Cusse, whose certification process is already under way.
At a press conference held at one of the VIP lounges at the airport, HE Guterres Lu Olo, President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, highlighted the visits to the Hospital and the Heart Clinic, considering them very positive and expressing his satisfaction regarding the good resources existing to attend patients, local or not.
Expo Oé-Cusse, with its regional products, and the tree-planting campaign, also received praise from the President, who said he was satisfied with what he saw over two days. “With the arrival of Mari Alkatiri and the help of the regional secretaries, Oé-Cusse has greatly improved in recent years,” he concluded.