Local Daily News 9th September

The aid for dependency in the Valencian Community is one of the highest in Spain

The aid for dependency granted in the Valencian Community is one of the highest in Spain. The Dependency Law of 2006 was a milestone of the Welfare State as it represents a benefit to improve the lives of people who “depend on someone” in their day-to-day life and need help because they are older or have a disability.

The system allows the user to choose from a portfolio of services, which are grouped into three sectors: a provision for care in the family environment (a family member takes care of the dependent person and receives money for it), another for personal assistance ( the dependent person receives money to hire a personal assistant) and a third financial aid linked to the service (that is, an economic benefit to receive help at home, to pay for a space in a nursing home or in a day center).

Thus, depending on what the dependent person needs and what their income level is, they receive an amount taking into account, in addition, the degree of assessment of their dependency (which is stipulated in grades one, two and three, from lower to greater dependence).

The law establishes a range of minimums and maximums on the amounts that users must receive depending on the service and their degree of dependency they have.

The regional governments cannot grant less money than the regulations set, but they can exceed the maximum that the law states as long as the financing of this “extra” is at their own expense, thanks to a territorial agreement signed in 2012. The agreement ensures that “common and minimum criteria are established for application throughout the territory, although the autonomous communities may collect variations through their own implementing regulations, which is what will determine their own procedure for calculating the final amounts of the economic benefits to be offered to the beneficiaries, based on their economic capacity ”.

However, this capacity of the autonomies to set different amounts than those stipulated by law implies territorial differences as to what each dependent person receives (on average) depending on the autonomy where they reside. This is stated in a response to the Senator of Compromís, Carles Mulet, who asked “what is the minimum and maximum benefit that a person with the recognized degree I, II and III of dependency can receive in each autonomous community.”

The Government’s response places the Ministry of Equality as one of the Administrations that pays the most users on average in benefits, exceeding (on numerous occasions) the maximum amounts established by law.

Thus, if there are 15 benefits that a dependent person can opt for, the Valencian Community is the one that pays the most in 7 of them. In addition, in all of them it appears among the first three autonomies that pay the most to the user and only in one (aid to family care in grade I) it appears in fifth position.

In fact, it doubles the payment of the vast majority in the provision of aid to personal assistance for grade III users by setting an average of 1,350.9 euros to the user when the maximum established by the decree is 715 euros and in the majority of autonomies is around all 500 euros.

In Spain around 100,000 people with weakened immune systems are set to receive the third Covid-19 vaccine dose

Around 100,000 people in Spain are about to be administered a third dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. This group is made up of patients with severely suppressed immune systems, and include organ transplant recipients (some 60,000 people), bone marrow transplant recipients (20,000), and patients being treated with anti-CD20 drugs, which are usually used together with chemotherapy to treat lymphomas and other illnesses such as multiple sclerosis, lupus or some types of rheumatoid arthritis (around 150,000 people, but doctors will make the decision as to whether they should get this third shot).

This is the full list of the population that the Health Ministry and the regions decided on Tuesday should receive the third injection, based on the recommendations made by the group of experts advising the government as well as the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

The reason for administering a third dose to these patients is that their weakened immune system does not sufficiently respond to a dosage considered to offer the full protection of the vaccines among the rest of the population. With two shots of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna these patients are still vulnerable (albeit less than they would be without them) to serious illness or death caused by Covid-19. This third injection is not considered a booster, but rather an additional shot to complete the vaccination process.

This approach differs from the administration of a third booster shot for the general population, a process that is underway right now in countries such as Israel, which is giving these doses to the over-50s. For now, there is no scientific evidence to suggest that it is necessary among people with a healthy immune system. The latest studies show that, while vaccines lose efficiency when it comes to avoiding infection after six or eight months, and that a third dose provides greater protection against catching the coronavirus, the protection from two doses against hospitalization or death continues to be high.

Time will tell whether this protection for the most serious forms of Covid-19 will be reduced, making a third dose necessary for wide ranges of the population. But based on current knowledge, both the EMA and ECDC, as well as the experts advising the Spanish government, have advised against this measure for now and are limiting it to the most vulnerable, for whom Covid-19 could put their lives in risk despite having received the two doses.

Health Minister Carolina Darias announced last Wednesday that this step would be taken once the Public Health Commission – made up of the regions and her ministry – ratified it. But it was yet to be seen exactly which sections of the population would be included. As much as 40% of the population could have been slated to receive a third dose, had the commission included everyone with some kind of immune system issue due to illness (such as diabetes, which affects six million people in Spain), age (the body’s defenses are weakened as the years pass, particularly after the age of 80), or if the person is taking medication such as corticosteroids (10% of the population).

The ministry of Health notifies 5,618 new infections and 81 deaths from Covid-19 and Spain returns to medium risk

The cumulative incidence per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days has dropped since Tuesday, to 150 cases, which places Spain at medium risk levels of covid transmission (between 50 and 150positive cases per 100,000) for the first time since the beginning of July when the fifth wave of the pandemic began.

According to data from the Ministry of Health, the pandemic has added 5,618 new positives since Tuesday, bringing the total number to 4,898,258 infections, and that of deaths to 85,147, with 81 more deaths since Tuesday.

Health has reported this Wednesday another slight decrease in the occupation of the ICU beds, in which there are 36 less covid patients than on Monday (1,313), which has reduced the pressure to 14.3%.

Madrid is the community with the highest occupancy in these units, with 26.6% of beds taken by patients, followed by Catalonia, with 25.4%, and Navarra, with 18.8%.

The pressure in hospitals also drops slightly, and stands at 4.5%, with 240 patients with covid less than on Tuesday. There are currently 5,344 patients admitted for Covid-19 throughout Spain, 240 less than this Tuesday, and 1,313 are registered in the ICU (36 less), although in the last 24 hours there have been 453 admissions and 698 discharges. The occupancy rate of beds occupied due to coronavirus stands at 4.51% and in ICUs at 14.36%, in both cases the data improves compared to the data given this Tuesday.

Covid transmission has decreased in all communities and only Extremadura (256.4), and the autonomous cities of Ceuta (305.2) and Melilla (387) are at extreme risk (above 250 cases).

The rest of the communities are at high risk (between 150 and 250 positive cases per 100,000), except Andalusia (138), Asturias (59.7), Canarias (96.7), Castilla y León (143), Catalonia (130.7) and the Valencian Community (112.2) who are at medium risk (between 50 and 150 cases).

According to the Ministry of Health data, transmission in the 12 to 19 age group is 241 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days (28 points lower than Monday), while in the 20 to 29 age group it is at 185 (17 points less than Monday).

These two groups exceed the average national incidence, along with those under 11 years of age, in which there is a transmission of 187 (10 points less).

In the last seven days the communities have reported 293 deaths to the Ministry of Health, of which 57 have taken place in Andalusia, 48 in Madrid, 32 in the Valencian Community, 22 in Castilla y León and 19 in Castilla-La Mancha.

The lethality rate of the pandemic in Spain remains at 1.7%.

In the last week, from the 29th of August to the 4th of September, a total of 676,753 tests have been carried out, of which 442,907 have been PCR tests and 233,846 antigen tests. These tests have yielded a positivity of 6.3%, two tenths lower than that of Tuesday.

A team from the health service disembarks in Torrevieja to manage the reversion

In the second basement of a well-known hotel in Torrevieja, as if it were a bunker, a team made up of more than twenty people – technicians above all – have been working since Tuesday and for the next 35 days on the reversion process by which, from the 15th of October, the Torrevieja Hospital, its health centers, and auxiliary clinics will become directly managed by the department. On that date, the concession contract with Ribera Salud ends.

The operational base of the health personnel that will process the direct management is located just 500 meters from the Hospital. As Ribera explained, it did not have enough space to be in the health center itself: Neither in its boardroom (where about 20 people fit), nor in the assembly hall, now under construction. 

The arrival of Public Health in Torrevieja has been carried out with “a permanent team” to prepare the final phase of the integration of the department under the formula of direct public management, as explained Tuesday to the media by the regional secretary for Health Efficiency and Technology, Concha Andrés, paradoxically without the media being able to access the meeting area. A measure that was adopted after Ribera rejected the creation of joint work teams to carry out the transition. Nor has it provided data or documentation on the management by not sharing the reversion rules, which has led to the Litigation court. The difficulties for the Public Health administration do not end there. They must overcome the battery of resources that blocks a good part of the processing of external contracts that the department, with the Hospital, its 11 health centers and 10 auxiliary offices, need for the day-to-day direct management: supply logistics and storage of medical and pharmaceutical material or private security, both paralyzed by the Central Administrative Court of Contractual Resources. They must also promote other essential services such as catering, cleaning or electromedicine.

The Poor Clares welcome the “Madre, ven” who makes a stop in Orihuela during her pilgrimage

This unique and important event will take place in Orihuela today, the 9th of  September with the arrival of the “Madre, ven” to the Monastery of San Juan de la Penitencia where she will be received by the Poor Clare sisters.

Last May the pilgrimage through Spain of La “Madre, ven” from Ephesus (Turkey) began. She left from the Pilar basilica in Zaragoza and will visit the most significant places of Marian spirituality in the country, concluding her journey at the Cerro de los Ángeles sanctuary on the 12th of October.

On her route she stops in Orihuela today where she is scheduled to arrive at the Arco de Santo Domingo at 20:30., and from there she will be transferred to San Juan de la Penitencia, as explained by Sor Esperanza, sister of the convent on Radio Orihuela Ser.

Upon arrival at the convent, you will be greeted by the Secular Franciscan Third Order. Later there will be a Eucharist with members of the Neocatechumenal Community of Albatera and an offertory by Roberto Rabasco with the participation of Domingo Sarabia.

At midnight the night worship candle shifts will begin, a Eucharist will be held at eight in the morning on Friday and at nine the image of the Virgin will receive a farewell.

Ephesus, in present-day Turkey, is the place where the Virgin Mary lived her last years in the company of Saint John the Evangelist. Her house was discovered in the 19th century and is today a place of worship and devotion.



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