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″ Evidence of serious human rights violation ″ at Lar do Comércio and Reguengos

The Human Rights Commission of the Bar Association found “evidence of serious violation of Human Rights and the Rights of Liberty and Guarantees enshrined in the Constitution” at Lar do Comércio, in Matosinhos, and at Lar de Reguengos de Monsaraz, in which 42 people died .

The final reports, released this Monday, found “evidence of violations of the Right to Life (art. 24), the Right to Personal Integrity (art. 25), the Right to Freedom and Security (art. 27 ) and the Right to Health (art. 64). With specific reference to the Reguengos de Monsaraz Nursing Home, there is also a violation of the Constitutional Law of Consumers (art. 60), “said the Human Rights Commission of Bar Association (CDHOA), in a statement.

“In view of the conclusions reached by CDHOA in these two cases, and in view of the constant announcement of successive new outbreaks in Portuguese Homes, the Bar Association calls on all sovereign bodies to urgently take the necessary measures to prevent situations of this nature repeat themselves “, defends the Human Rights Commission of the Bar Association.

“It is the duty of the State to protect public health and this duty gains special intensity when dealing with especially vulnerable people, such as the elderly in homes, who therefore have to be the object of special protective measures”, argues the CDHOA, in the statement in which he reports the problems found at Lar do Comércio, in Matosinhos, and at Lar de Reguengos de Monsaraz, belonging to Santa Casa da Misericórdia.

According to CDHOA, which has “the objective of investigating and promoting human rights within the scope of the defense of the rule of law that is statutory attributed to the Bar Association, it is now up to the Courts to determine the validity of the conclusions” revealed this Monday “and apply any sanctions “and” stipulate compensation for injured persons who may be found. “

“Insufficient or inadequate health care provision” at Lar do Comércio

In the case of Lar do Comércio, in Matosinhos, whose preliminary report, released on July 30, CDHOA had already mentioned that it was “an extremely serious case”. That first document would be challenged, on the following day, by the heads of the institution, who rejected the initial conclusions.

Now, after being given the right to be heard, the final report lists “failures to act in the face of a suspicious case” and considers that the “contingency plan existing on April 8, 2020 presented numerous non-conformities, not respecting the most basic rules of the DGS. “

At Lar do Comércio, in Matosinhos, in which 24 elderly people died from causes associated with covid-19, CDHOA also concluded that there was “no personal protective equipment” and reported an “alleged delay in testing all users and workers, as well as achieving results. “

CDHOA concluded, also, by the “insufficiency or inadequacy of the provision of health care (medication administration) and personal care (food and hygiene)” at Lar do Comércio, in which it found “general poor functioning (organization of spaces, organization and sanitation) sanitary facilities). “

Report blames management of Reguengos home

In the case of Lar de Reguengos de Monsaraz, where at least 18 people died from causes associated with covid-19, the CDHOA report is particularly hard on space management, considering that “conditions were created for rapid dissemination [do vírus] with responsibilities for those who managed the space, the epidemiological screening process and the application of DGS rules “

According to CDHOA, “the lack of conditions did not allow to limit the transmission of the virus, with responsibility for the management of the Home”, which also accuses of “not complying with the established rules”, thus not having “conditions to cope with rigorously the covid-19 outbreak in those facilities.

“Those responsible, who were alerted by the professionals, did not act in a timely manner and in accordance, keeping patients in painful circumstances and facilitating the growth of the outbreak, before the transfer to the pavilion”, reads the report, which considers the decision to transfer all infected to a “sanitary accommodation” in the pavilion as a “delayed measure when it was easy to have it taken immediately at the start of the outbreak” at Lar de Reguengos de Monsaraz.

“Patients were not treated according to good clinical practice, with responsibilities for those who, knowing that they did not have adequate and prepared human resources, allowed the situation to delay in time,” says CDHOA, in a report that also points out “disorganization and consequent harm to patients attributable to the Health Authority and ARS Alentejo “during the outbreak.

“Even in better conditions, the lack of management and coordination continued to prevent patients, professionals and volunteers from being in a safe environment, a responsibility that can be attributed, once again, to ARS Alentejo and the Health Authority”, he concluded the CDHOA report.

Asked about the report, the president of the Maria Inácia Vogado Perdigão Silva Foundation, who oversees the Lar de Reguengos de Monsaraz, said he was unaware of the report and considered that it should be the Foundation’s services director, João Silva, to respond.

JN tried to talk to this person, without success so far.

For the elaboration of the reports, “in addition to the study of documentation and varied testimonies, namely of family members of users”, CDHOA “met with the Order of Doctors, with the National Confederation of Solidarity Institutions, with the Union of Portuguese Mercies, with the Home Support Association for Nursing Homes and Retirement Homes and with the Directorate-General for Health “.

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