The prime minister at the moment expressed hope for the nation’s restoration, after a yr 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 yr of fight, ache and resistance ”, declared António Costa in the beginning 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 yr forward, noting that on Sunday “the vaccination course of in opposition to the covid-19 begins, which, despite the fact that it’s a phased and extended course of, provides renewed confidence that, because of science, it’s even potential to quell this pandemic ”.
“Alternatively, over the subsequent yr, we will depend on the European Union’s enhanced solidarity, to assist the nationwide effort to provoke a sustained restoration, which is able to permit us not solely to beat the difficulties we at present dwell in, however, above all, to face structural issues that traditionally restrict the nation’s growth potential. We have now 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 of a fairer, extra affluent, extra trendy nation to new generations ”, maintained the chief’s chief.
In his message, António Costa started by saying that it’s “an infinite honor” for him to be on the service of the nation and was grateful to the Portuguese “for the flexibility to adapt and sacrifice, for willpower and self-discipline, for civic duty, with which collectively confronted this pandemic ”.
The covid-19, based on the prime minister, “utterly remodeled” individuals’s lives and, if any success has existed in containing the pandemic, that is as a result of residents “for its resilience, for its communion on function , by the union of a folks that knew how one can stay cohesive in adversity, collectively united on this widespread plan to cease the unfold of a virus that threatens everybody ”.
In that regard, he referred to as for everybody to proceed to abide by the foundations 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 group or to the academics, 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 operating and who, in agriculture, business and commerce, have assured that nothing important has been missing,” he mentioned.
Nonetheless, at this level, António Costa highlighted “in a really particular manner” well being professionals, “that day and night time do their greatest to deal with those that are sick, so typically with sacrifice of breaks, relaxation time and speak to with their very own household ”.
“I bear in mind, at this second, among the devoted professionals with whom I contacted in the beginning 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 tiredness whereas telling intimately the non-public historical past of every of the primary sufferers with covid-19 admitted to that unit ”, he mentioned.
For António Costa, the physician Margarida Tavares and the nurse Marisa Chainho “are simply two examples amongst so many others who construct this magnificent collective work each day, which is 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 members of the family, 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 yr had been unable to return and miss their nation. And a fraternal and heat embrace to all of the households, as a result of none of them might be part of as standard, 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 yr, “limiting freedoms, banning actions or suspending life tasks, to defend public well being, include the transmission of the virus, guarantee responsiveness of well being companies, save lives ”.
“I’m properly conscious of the profound influence 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 manifest, particularly to the aged; the emotional stability of many individuals in isolation; and in addition within the financial system, with so many entrepreneurs preventing for the survival of their firms and so many staff who’ve misplaced or concern dropping their jobs and revenue ”, he mentioned.
Nonetheless, based on António Costa, his Authorities has sought to reply to the implications of the pandemic “with steadiness 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 sources and with the European Union, to combat 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 yr, 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 attributed by the Authorities to the strengthening of its means. So I used to be removed from imagining how that message would become premonitory. However every little thing that has occurred since then has solely confirmed the success of that precedence and the necessity to proceed strengthening the SNS ”, he added.