July 13, 2021 (Google Translation) – The Minister of Defense, Agustín Rossi , led today in the Buenos Aires Naval Station the start ceremony of the 2021 Socio Sanitary River Campaign that will visit the most vulnerable populations located on the banks of the Paraná River, in the provinces of Entre Ríos and Santa Fe , to provide care and primary prevention in order to improve the quality of life in these riverside communities with difficult access.
“The arrival of the Navy in each of these places generates a reparatory event from the social point of view, it re-signifies and recognizes them as part of our homeland, it gives them a place of citizens that is often diffuse when the State is absent” , said the minister about this initiative, organized through the Military Coordination Secretariat, which the Argentine Navy has been carrying out for more than 20 years, and which over time became a joint military action with the participation of other state agencies.
“The Armed Forces – he added – have a history of being deployed where there is a low presence of other State agencies, it seems important to us to value and resignify this task,” and he continued: “They are strongly committed to those sectors of society that are most They need it, and the Socio Sanitary Campaign has that destination ”.
During his remarks, he detailed the preparations for this new edition of the campaign, after having been suspended the previous year due to the pandemic: “The embarked personnel complied with their vaccination and previous quarantine.”
He also explained that “due to the unique situation of our Paraná River and its historical downspout, the operation will be carried out in two sections, the first one starting today.”
At noon, the multipurpose ship ARA “Ciudad de Rosario” and the patrol boat ARA “King” set sail from the Buenos Aires Naval Station to the Zárate Naval Base, where they will complete their equipment to continue the journey to the following destinations: Alto Verde ( Santa Fe); Isla Charigüé, Isla la Invernada and Isla del Espinillo, Ibicuy and Villa Paranacito (Entre Ríos).
The main objective of the socio-sanitary campaign is to provide primary health care and prevention to the inhabitants of the localities that, due to their geographical location, have difficulties in accessing the nearest medical centers by land. The attention will be in the specialties of clinic, urology, gynecology, pediatrics and ophthalmology. Likewise, obtaining the National Identity Document and access to procedures of the National Social Security Administration (ANSES) will be facilitated, together with talks on sex education and prevention work.
Interagency work of the State
The campaign is carried out based on the joint work of the Secretariat for Military Coordination in Emergencies, the Argentine Navy, the Directorate of Emergency Assistance (DIMAE) and the Military Health area, and has the participation of other public organizations, including They: the National Ministries of Health, through the Secretariat of Access to Health; of Social Development, through the Secretariat for Articulation of Social Policy; of the Interior, through the Secretariat of Municipalities; the National Institute of Social Services for Retirees and Pensioners (PAMI); the National Agency for Disability (ANDIS); the National Registry of Persons (RENAPER); and the National Social Security Administration (ANSES).
The secretary for Military Emergency Coordination, Inés Barboza Belistri; the secretary of Strategy and Military Affairs, Sergio Rossi; the Coordinator of Health and Welfare of the Armed Forces, Marcela Ovejero; the Secretaries of Access to Health, Sandra Tirado; of Social Policies, Erika Roffler; and the National Director of RENAPER, Santiago Rodríguez. Also present were the heads of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Armed Forces, Major General Juan Martín Paleo; from the Army, Major General Agustín Humberto Cejas; from the Navy, Vice Admiral Julio Horacio Guardia; and from the Air Force, Brigadier Major Xavier Julián Isaac.