Portugal COVID19 response

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Information relayed by Confederação Nacional dos Organismos de Deficientes (CNOD) / National Confederation of Organisations of Persons with Disabilities



Information relayed by the Fundamental Rights Agency (May 2020):

  • On 14 April, the Portuguese Mercies Union (União das Misericórdias Portuguesas) and the National Confederation of Solidarity Institutions (Confederação Nacional das Instituições de Solidariedade), acknowledged their concerns about the serious situation experienced in the homes for the elderly and the disabled in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. These associations state that the elderly homes may not have the conditions (infrastructures, human and technical resources) to provide appropriate care to users with COVID-19, specially in cases of acute illness, and to prevent the contamination, since some structures may not have isolation spaces, adequate protective equipment and trained staff. They call for the coordination between the Ministry of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security and the Ministry of Health and state to be available to initiate a constructive dialogue with health providers to ensure health care for the elderly and disabled living in homes