08/05/2020 - 17:36
At the head of an event in the Buenos Aires suburbs, President Alberto Fernández assured this Wednesday that older adults who are infected with coronaviruses should be cared for in the Province because “they have no place in the City” of Buenos Aires.
"This is so that our older adults who today become ill with Covid in the City and have to be cared for in the Province because in the City there is no more place. Know that we are guaranteeing the care that they are requiring at this time," he pointed out in the commissioning of the new Bicentennial Hospital in the town of Ituzaingó.
Hours later, the Buenos Aires government responded to the president's statements and pointed to the PAMI , an organization that, they clarified, "depends on the Nation and its head is elected by the Presidency."
“It can be seen that the PAMI has made agreements with clinics and sanatoriums in the Conurbano and is attending there. It is an autonomy that has to do it. Of course not (it is that they do not take place and cannot be served in the City). Of course we are willing to collaborate with what they need, "said the Buenos Aires Minister of Health, Fernán Quirós.
In dialogue with Radio Miter , the official specified that "almost a third of the City's PAMI affiliates have an agreement with the public sector, and of course we are attending to them." "Then the other two thirds have a set of agreements with the private sector in different areas, some are in the city and others in the suburbs, it is something historic, this is the PAMI," he added.
“The fact that patients are treated on one side or the other of General Paz is very common. It is more frequent for people from the province who go to the city to be treated, but cross-service is absolutely common because we are in a metropolis where all citizens move from one side to the other, ”he remarked.
According to data from the Buenos Aires government, out of a total of 2,431 cases attended on August 4, to take one example, in the City's public system, 1,073 are non-residents in the City of Buenos Aires.
The graph of those served in the City, residents and non-residents.
For Quirós, "what is now happening to PAMI in a pandemic is that in some sectors it is not enough and it has coverage in other clinics and sanitariums."
After affirming that his link with the body headed by Luana Volnovich is "very good and we are working collaboratively from the first day," the minister assured that the Buenos Aires health system is not collapsed.
In this sense, he explained that the level of occupation of "beds-COVID" is 53%, while intensive care reaches 62%. In addition, there are almost 50% of free spaces in hotels that house patients are mild symptoms.
"In the City, we guarantee attention to people who only have public coverage, that is, they do not have PAMI or other social security, they are always the ones we prioritize. Then the public system is universal and free and serves all Buenos Aires citizens, "Quirós closed.