Photographer's Note

This is the old Hospital de São Vicente (from 1899), in Mindelo, São Vicente Island, Cape Verde. Like with other colonial buildings in Cape Verde, the historic heritage was preserved and the top of the façade still displays the Portuguese coat of arms.
After independence (1975), the hospital in Mindelo was renamed Hospital Baptista de Sousa, as a tribute to the beloved philanthropist Dr Baptista de Sousa, a military physician that worked in São Vicente during the colonial times. There is also at least one morna dedicated to the "Engenheiro Humano" Baptista de Sousa.
Despite the difficulties and lack of resources, Cape Verde enjoys nowadays some of the best health care in Africa. The life expectancy is above 71 years, the highest in sub-Saharan Africa, and higher than countries like Russia, Ukraine or Iran.
This gate is closed because it is not the main servicing entrance nowadays.
In workshop, just for fun, I removed some things, mainly wires and the lamppost.
This was shot near the sunset time.

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