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The Galician Alzheimer Federation was present at the Parliamentary Commission for Economic Reactivation through EAPN Galicia and CERMI Galicia

Eloina Ingerto, president of EAPN Galicia, and Iker Sertucha, president of CERMI Galicia at the time of the intervention, participated in the Economic, Social and Cultural Reactivation Commission in the Parliament of Galicia to formulate different demands

 

30/11/2020

On November 17, EAPN Galicia and CERMI Galicia, entities to which the Galician Alzheimer Federation belongs, participated in the Economic, Social and Cultural Reactivation Commission in the Galician Parliament, putting on the table issues such as the need to guarantee housing dignified and ensure basic needs, such as access and participation in all social and health services, for people with disabilities.

Eloina Ingerto, president of EAPN Galicia, was in charge of transmitting the message demanded by the 130 social organizations member of the Network since the health crisis caused by Covid-19 began, when the situation worsened even more to the most affected people (including women, children, elderly or dependent people, and those who suffer sexist violence, among others).

His speech began by emphasizing that a total of 655,000 people, 24.3% of the Galician population, were at risk of poverty or social exclusion in 2019. From there, it revolved around the need to guarantee the right to decent and accessible house, to implement an income guarantee system and to ensure decent and inclusive employment, all of which have the ultimate goal of eradicating poverty and social exclusion.

In addition, there was also an impact on the consequences of the pandemic on the families of the care work of the elderly, especially those who are dependent: normally the caregiving families suffer emotional, psychological and economic overload, but all these conditions have been aggravated since last March.

For this reason, they required specific support from the Autonomous Community and the recognize of therapeutic value of day care services, promoting care at home and reorienting the residential model towards people. It is also claimed that the Galician Plan to combat unwanted loneliness is launched, as this was aggravated during the pandemic.

For his part, Iker Sertucha, president of CERMI Galicia at the time of the speech in the Galician Parliament, emphasized the need to guarantee the right of people with disabilities to access and participate in all social and health services, providing special attention to the specific characteristics and needs for the adaptation of protocols for the provision of services and / or in the processing of the administrative procedure due to the situation caused by COVID-19.

Among the claims made, the main objective is to restore care services for people with disabilities in a "gradual and safe" manner, valuing their rights and the need to create, now more than ever, a society fully inclusive.

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