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The Lorca City Council invests more than 1.8 million euros in meeting the social needs of the citizens who are suffering the most from the effects of Covid-19 (14/09/2020)

Diego José Mateos: "We are using a large part of the economic resources that were planned to be allocated to the celebration of the Fair and the Lorca festivities to help all those neighbors who are having the worst time due to the health emergency that we are experiencing ". The mayor of Lorca, Diego José Mateos, together with the councilor for Social Services, María Dolores Chumillas, have taken stock of the investment in municipal social services since last March. Mateos has reported that "during this health crisis, caused by Covid-19, there has been a considerable increase in social demands in terms of health, security and confinement of the population and that it has meant an investment, from the City Council of Lorca, of 1,813,090.42 euros from March to date ". "Since the declaration of the state of alarm, on March 14, the Municipal Primary Care Social Services Center has worked tirelessly to address the increase in social needs arising from the pandemic.

Currently, 82 families who have tested positive for Covid or are in quarantine, generating, every day, about fifteen new cases.

In addition, during all this time a total of 11,235 calls have been handled and 2,800 social interventions related directly to the disease have been carried out.

social crisis ". The Mayor explained that "we are using a large part of the economic resources that were planned to be allocated to the celebration of the Fair and the Lorca festivities in helping all those neighbors who are having the worst time due to the health emergency that we are living". "The increase in social needs in our municipality meant that, from minute one, we began to work, in coordination with the departments of Social Services, Health and Emergencies, to give the most complete assistance to our neighboring neighbors.

established various modalities of social care: Specialized Telephone Assistance, where a technical assessment and diagnosis of the situation is carried out and a 'social triage' is carried out, specifying whether the type of attention that is needed is in person or by telephone; Accompaniment Assistance and Social Inclusion within the Accompaniment Program and by appointment; as well as the Attention to positive families in Covid-19 for which the sending of essential resources has been managed in coordination with the Emergency Service and Caritas ". Mateos Molina has indicated that "the Social Services area, from the first moment, has adapted to the emergency situation and has been providing free telephone social assistance, always prioritizing the social emergency, providing food aid and basic needs to families , processing necessary benefits and resources, managing substitutive aid for the municipality's school canteen grants and guaranteeing food for minors affected by the closure of school canteens.

All of this through the new appointment system, through the City Council website de Lorca www.lorca.es, or in person, guaranteeing the safety of staff and citizens at all times ". The mayor of Lorca has made it clear that "this Government Team is committed to covering social needs and we will continue to make every effort to alleviate the effects of this health pandemic.

We will continue to intervene in those cases in which they are detected deficiencies in basic needs, we will manage municipal aid and bonds, we will promote the home telecare service and we will continue to collaborate with non-governmental organizations and local associations offering the necessary support and resources.

" "From the Lorca City Council we are doing everything in our power to tackle this situation as soon as possible.

We have completed, with a municipal investment amounting to 76,000 euros, the adaptation of the clinics in the districts of Purias, La Hoya , Morata, Tercia, Puente La Pía, Aguaderas, La Hearing and El Consejero, guaranteeing the Covid protocols, complying with the indications of the Ministry of Health, the competent authority in sanitary matters, so that it authorizes its reopening and that all neighbors of Lorca can return to receive, as soon as possible, the health care they deserve ". Diego José Mateos recalled that "in addition, we have invested more than 60,000 euros in the acquisition of disinfection material, for both interior and exterior spaces; protection for workers and users; in adapting the offices and municipal spaces and in the start-up of information campaigns in various languages ??".

Source: Ayuntamiento de Lorca

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