The Malvinas Program was relaunched to strengthen mental health care for veterans and their families

The governor of the province of Buenos Aires, Axel Kicillof, led this Tuesday the act of relaunching the Malvinas Program, with the aim of strengthening the accompaniment and care of mental health conditions that Malvinas veterans and their families may suffer. He was in the Golden Room of the Government House, together with the Minister of Health, Nicolás Kreplak; the Undersecretary of Mental Health, Problematic Consumption and Violence, Julieta Calmels; the president of the Federation of Malvinas Combatants of the Argentine Republic, Ramón Robles; and the Secretary of Health of the Federation of the Province and ex-combatant, Horacio Szerman.

Kicillof stressed that “we are ending the year in which the Malvinas 40th anniversary was celebrated with an initiative that implies a true act of justice, linked to one of the most serious problems that affected veterans.” “In the framework of a hierarchy of mental health care in the province, we are relaunching a program, after having thought about it together with its recipients, with the commitment to work to ensure that its objectives are met,” he added.

In this sense, the Governor affirmed that “this program recognizes the right of veterans and their families to find a response from the State to their suffering.”

With this initiative, all provincial health providers must provide the corresponding medication for their treatments and training for specialized teams. In addition, for the first time care will be recognized within the health structure through the creation of four consultation hospital units in the José Penna hospital in Bahía Blanca, Oscar Alende hospital in Mar del Plata, Isidoro Iriarte hospital in Quilmes and Ramón Carrillo hospital in Ciudadela.

For his part, Kreplak pointed out: “This is the result of joint work between the Government and veterans, in which they were listened to and together we designed a program that can guarantee comprehensive support in terms of Health in spaces where feel part.” “We have four main hospitals and we doubled the number of workers that are part of these programs to continue repaying a debt that our democracy owes to Malvinas veterans,” he added.

The units will depend functionally on the Provincial Directorate of Mental Health and Problematic Consumption and, administratively, on the Directorate of the hospitals where they were created. Likewise, a general coordinator and two new professionals will be incorporated into the area, reaching 15, who will be provided with permanent training and training through workshops, courses and reflection groups promoted by the Floreal Ferrara School of Government in Health.

Meanwhile, Robles stressed that “there are many Malvinas veterans and relatives of combatants who must be treated in terms of mental health, which is why today we celebrate that we are beginning to be incorporated into the grid of the Ministry of Health of the Province.” “With this policy, a public policy is stamped so that it is no longer seen as a favor and becomes an obligation of the State and a right,” he added.

Finally, Kicillof stressed that “this act also serves to revalue the role they have had in Argentine history, they are often called Malvinas veterans, but we prefer to tell them that they are heroes,” he concluded.

In addition, during the day a cooperation agreement was signed between the Ministry of Health and Provincia Seguros SA so that outpatients from public mental health services can access surety insurance of up to $20 million and provide the guarantee for housing rental. Present were the president of Provincia Seguros, Sergio Patrón Costas Uriburu; and the general manager, Hernán Quintana.

The undersecretaries of Information Management, Permanent Education and Inspection, Leticia Ceriani; and Technical, Administrative and Legal from the Ministry of Health, Pamela Gagliardo; provincial officials and officials; and ex-combatants of the Malvinas war.

The Malvinas Program was relaunched to strengthen mental health care for veterans and their families