When speaking in Viseu, during a public session integrated in the campaign for João Ferreira’s candidacy for the Presidency of the Republic, Jerónimo de Sousa said that “the restrictions [hoje anunciadas] there are many, but the Government points out few solutions “.
“We believe that it is essential to take health protection measures seriously taking into account the scale of the epidemic. Yes, we take these measures with a sense of responsibility. But we want to hear more”, he stressed.
In the opinion of the leader of the PCP, “it is not enough to propose restrictions”, there must also be “possibilities of strengthening the National Health Service, professionals and beds”, and creating “conditions for these professionals to see their rights guaranteed. own rights “.
“We agree, but this issue of confinement that some say is fundamental, unavoidable, raises a question: is that we can all confine ourselves, we end the transmissions of the virus, the problem is that we can end life,” he said.
In this context, Jerónimo de Sousa said that the protection measures should also allow “the Portuguese, small and medium-sized entrepreneurs, men of catering, those who today are victims of this tremendous pressure in relation to confinement, to find a way to breathe, to continue with their activities “.
The communist leader alluded to the “problems that are accumulating with these confinements, with these limitations, of diseases, namely mental illnesses, delayed consultations, exams, surgical interventions”, and warned of “the tremendous effects that this has in the lives of people who, increasingly confined, feel limitations and some even give up living “.
“The human being is not to be confined. The human being needs coexistence, the social and cultural dimension, to enjoy life”, he stressed, adding that this is why a balance has to be found.
Jerónimo de Sousa ended his speech with a message of hope that it will be possible to get out of the situation caused by the covid-19 pandemic. “We think it is possible, because we have the political, constitutional, legal instruments to make this contribution,” he said.
According to Jerónimo de Sousa, “João Ferreira’s candidacy has an advantage over any other”, being the only one that “affirms without hesitation that he will defend, will comply and will enforce the Constitution of the Portuguese Republic”.
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