The prime minister right now expressed hope for the nation’s restoration, after a 12 months of “fight, ache and resistance” due to the covid-19 pandemic, in a Christmas message through which he expressed “particular gratitude” to well being professionals.
“We’re experiencing the best problem of our lives. 2020 has been a 12 months of fight, ache and resistance ”, declared António Costa initially of his message, in an allusion to the well being, financial and social penalties of covid-19.
However the Prime Minister additionally left phrases of hope for the brand new 12 months forward, noting that on Sunday “the vaccination course of in opposition to the covid-19 begins, which, though it’s a phased and extended course of, provides renewed confidence that, because of science, it’s even doable to quell this pandemic ”.
“Then again, over the following 12 months, we are able to rely on the European Union’s enhanced solidarity, to help the nationwide effort to provoke a sustained restoration, which is able to enable us not solely to beat the difficulties we presently expertise, however, above all, to face structural issues. that traditionally restrict the nation’s growth potential. We outlined a strategic imaginative and prescient for the way forward for Portugal and we now have the means to realize it, thus opening the horizon for a extra simply, extra affluent, extra fashionable nation to new generations ”, maintained the manager’s chief.
In his message, António Costa started by saying that it’s “an unlimited honor” for him to be on the service of the nation and was grateful to the Portuguese “for the power to adapt and sacrifice, for dedication and self-discipline, for civic duty, with which collectively confronted this pandemic ”.
Covid-19, in accordance with the Prime Minister, “utterly reworked” folks’s lives and, if there was any success in containing the pandemic, that is as a result of residents “for its resilience, for its communion on function , by the union of a people who knew how one can stay cohesive in adversity, collectively united on this frequent function of halting the unfold of a virus that threatens everybody ”.
On this regard, he known as for everybody to proceed to abide by the principles and undertake behaviors that “are decisive in saving lives” till the pandemic ends.
Then, António Costa conveyed his “gratitude to those that present help to those that want it most, whether or not they’re residence or Social Safety officers, navy personnel within the Armed Forces or members of the Safety Forces; gratitude to the mobilization of the scientific neighborhood or to the lecturers, who by no means deserted their college students, even when faculties needed to shut ”.
“And gratitude to all those that, uninterruptedly since March, have saved the nation working and who, in agriculture, trade and commerce, have assured that nothing important has been missing,” he stated.
Nevertheless, at this level, António Costa highlighted “in a really particular approach” well being professionals, “that day and night time do their greatest to deal with those that are sick, so usually with sacrifice of breaks, relaxation time and get in touch with with their very own household ”.
“I keep in mind, at this second, among the devoted professionals with whom I contacted initially of the pandemic. Dr. Margarida Tavares, from Hospital S. João [no Porto], who in March defined to me, with a sparkle in his eyes and an unwavering will, the challenges posed within the remedy of sufferers contaminated by a virus that’s nonetheless completely unknown. Or nurse Marisa Chainho, from the infectious service of Curry Cabral [em Lisboa], who had not been residence for a number of nights, however put apart his tiredness whereas telling intimately the private historical past of every of the primary sufferers with covid-19 admitted to that unit ”, he stated.
For António Costa, the physician Margarida Tavares and the nurse Marisa Chainho “are simply two examples amongst so many others who every day construct this magnificent collective work that’s the Nationwide Well being Service” (SNS).
The Prime Minister additionally despatched a message of solidarity addressed “to households bereaved by the lack of their family members who succumbed to this virus”, expressing to them “feeling sorry”.
“To households which have sick relations, to whom I want them a speedy restoration, or who’re in prophylactic isolation, to whom I want them to stay in good well being. To the households of our compatriots from the diaspora, who this 12 months had been unable to come back and miss their nation. And a fraternal and heat hug to all households, as a result of none of them may be part of as common, and in all of our houses, this Christmas needed to be celebrated in a different way ”, he noticed.
Then, the Prime Minister highlighted “the intense financial and social penalties” ensuing from the covid-19 pandemic, saying that he was conscious of “the harshness of most of the measures” that his Authorities needed to undertake all through this 12 months, “limiting freedoms, banning actions or suspending life initiatives, to defend public well being, comprise the transmission of the virus, guarantee responsiveness of well being providers, save lives ”.
“I’m properly conscious of the profound impression of those measures on the lives of all of us: In social life, which we had to surrender; within the affections that we had been unable to specific, particularly to the aged; the emotional stability of many individuals in isolation; and in addition within the financial system, with so many entrepreneurs combating for the survival of their corporations and so many staff who’ve misplaced or concern shedding their jobs and revenue ”, he stated.
Nevertheless, in accordance with António Costa, his Authorities has sought to answer the results of the pandemic “with stability and customary sense, studying day-to-day to take care of the brand new and to completely adapt to the unexpected”.
“We definitely did not do every little thing properly and made errors, as a result of solely those that do not don’t make errors. However now we have not haggled, nor will we haggle, with our assets and with the European Union, to struggle the pandemic and alleviate the struggling of the Portuguese, ”he promised.
The prime minister additionally took the chance to recall the content material of his Christmas message final 12 months, which he recorded from a Household Well being Unit, which had simply been inaugurated.
“I did it to spotlight the significance of the SNS and the precedence given by the Authorities to the strengthening of its means. I used to be then removed from imagining how this message would grow to be premonitory. However every little thing that has occurred since then has solely confirmed the success of this precedence and the necessity to proceed strengthening the SNS ”, he added.