-Keeping in mind that 2022 was a different year than the last two years, after recovering most of the normality lost due to the pandemic, what do you rate the medical college?
-2022 was an intense year as we returned to normalcy and with it the resumption of many face-to-face functions of the Rio Quarto Medical College, aimed at being closer to our partners. One of the notable points of the year is that new officers took office on the Board of Directors. Similarly, the second Health Forum of the South of Córdoba was held, in which the health problems of Rio Cuarto and the region were raised. Among the strong actions we have decided to take are the measures taken to recoup the sanatorium medical fees. In addition to offering CPR and sign language courses in our institutional location, we have continued training sessions for professionals and the community in general. Folklore, English, technology, choir and oratory workshops were also developed. One of the aspects that this management is proud of is the re-evaluation of the role of our inactive retired members. For this reason, measures have been implemented to honor their trajectory, prioritize their legacy, and share their wisdom, as they nurture and empower us.
– With regard to the pandemic, how can the increase in cases in recent weeks be analyzed? Is it to worry or care?
From the Medical College we see a steady rise in the Covid cases. There are 200 active cases now. It is important to note that the municipality is actively working to vaccinate closed populations such as nursing homes. In addition, there is a vaccination center in the square and daily vaccinations are also given at the Cabrera Street Health Center. Daily tests have also been done again. In Covid, the positivity rate increases week by week. We believe that more than worrying, we should insist that people complete their vaccination schedule.
– At the end of last year, a conflict broke out with the doctors at the new hospital, what do you think about it?
– From the Board of Directors of the Rio Cuarto Medical College, we have observed with concern the events leading to the serious crisis of the Argentine health system, which significantly affects the medical personnel of public and private institutions in our city. and surrounding area. The lack of adequate public policies in the health sector has persisted for decades, resulting in insufficient staff to meet the needs of the community. We view with concern the precarious appointments and contracts by permanent temporary workers with replacement of permanent plant. And the most sensitive impact is on the care of patients in emergencies, which is the most important function to save lives. We recognize that professional practice, carried out in poor conditions, with a progressive deterioration, and a lack of responses in public policies that allow access to the health team in conditions of equity and quality for the entire population, have limited prospects. Will generate an uncertain future without reform.
Based on the claims, do you feel more consideration by the authorities for healthcare workers in general?
We see that the claims of the health workers have been partially addressed. For this reason, we advocate for the Medical College to urgently identify the problems raised by members of the healthcare service and find a way that recognizes the complex reality of professionals as an essential and irreplaceable human resource.
-What is the outlook for 2023? What projects are you going to work on from medical college?
Till 2023 we aspire to continue to operate for the benefit of our associates and to bring prestige to the profession. We are an organization that seeks to empower the work of doctors, who are at the service of the community, who have given ample proof of their dedication and commitment towards the people during the pandemic. Hence, the importance of their work being paid with the corresponding price as a sign of respect for the profession.