Throughout the weekend, at the Buenos Aires government headquarters there were meetings to define the details. Details are still missing, but the announcement will not delay this week. The Government of Buenos Aires is evaluating an innovative plan to protect those over 70 who live in emergency towns and popular neighborhoods, the sector of the population most vulnerable by the coronavirus pandemic. The first projections, as Infobae learned from official sources, speak of about 4,700 people mobilized. They are provisional figures, like everything in this health crisis. “The idea is to invite them to move, in no way will it be compulsive ”, clarify in the City Government.
During this week the details of the plan will be finalized. Officials are meeting with social and neighborhood organizations, and with referents from the emergency villages to explain the risks that older adults face. Suggestions are heard at these meetings, especially on the logistics level.
The plan targets emergency neighborhoods located in the southern area of the City and the slums. “The objective is to accompany them in special places while the worst of this pandemic is over,” explained the sources consulted.
Officials from the Ministry of Health and Human Development are actively working on this announcement. This portfolio, in charge of María Migliore, has also been working in recent days to accommodate people in street situations. Finally, seven paradores were opened to add 780 available spaces. “Since its opening, 470 people have already entered have a bed, showers, food and containment of professional equipment,” said the portfolio in the latest report.
The hours of attention and opening of the centers that operate throughout the year were also extended, and the teams of the Buenos Aires Present program (social care line 108) were strengthened to refer suspicious cases.
If only adults over the age of 70 are taken into account, it is calculated that the City could receive about 4,700 people, more than double those who stayed in hotels for repatriation flights. In those cases, isolation is mandatory.
Although there were occasional complaints in some of the hotels due to the lack of contact with the doctors and the coordinators, this plan made it possible to isolate more than 2,000 people who are domiciled in the City. The rest of those who returned on the repatriation flights of Aerolineas Argentinas, strikingly, were able to return to their homes on their own. Even in cabotage planes.
After suspending international flights, the national government is now analyzing a new method to continue repatriating the more than 10,000 Argentines who are stranded around the world.
Seniors living in the City’s emergency zones will be invited to stay in special places. For these hours the locations are being defined. Among the options to be downloaded are hotels and neighborhood clubs.
The Buenos Aires government is also working against the clock to train and organize dozens of volunteers who will have to take on the difficult task of accompanying older adults during their isolation.
Last night, in his speech to the entire country, President Alberto Fernández referred to older adults who live in humble towns and neighborhoods. “The risk also exists in humble neighborhoods,” he stressed. He had already addressed the issue last week in the meeting with the priests from the villages, who have already enabled the parishes, both in Capital and in the Greater Buenos Aires, for those who cannot fulfill the isolation in their homes due to overcrowding problems.