In the middle of the
socio-health emergency declared in northern Salta, where so far this year already
eight children died due to malnutrition,
the Minister of Social Development of the Nation, Daniel Arroyo, visited today the community of Alto de la Sierra, in the department of Rivadavia, where most of its inhabitants belong to Wichis communities. As reported to LA NACION,
met in a community center with local chiefs and representatives of evangelical churches, among others.
“In a context that remains very critical, it seems to me that
the crisis is beginning to stabilize, in the sense that
food modules are starting to work that they came to some places more and others less because of the roads, but they are distributing, “Arroyo said in a telephone communication from the capital of Salta, where tomorrow he will inaugurate a center for early childhood.” It is a place that has many problems due to the difficult access of the roads, which are flooded by rain, “he emphasized
On the other hand, he said that along with the food modules a “raking” with sanitary agents is being done, to detect cases of risk, and that a ministry team is working permanently in the area.
Regarding the impossibility of accessing safe water, one of the biggest problems that plagues communities, he said: “The Army is working on the issue of drinking water and raking is being done between the provincial government and the Ministry of Social Development of the Nation, which makes
many children are interned and with permanent monitoring. Many end up being referred to the Tartagal hospital,
today there are approximately 20 boys, although the number varies a lot. “
During the tour that LA NACION did last week in the area of Santa Victoria Este, one of the most delayed regions of Salta, the chiefs of the communities said that although they consider that the measures taken by the government are key to addressing the emergency, They are the equivalent of trying to cover the sun with a finger.
His biggest fear is that, although the theme is at the center of the agenda today, they will be forgotten again. They argue that it will take years to respond to a structural problem, in a context where the needs are multiple:
some of the most urgent, in addition to the
lack of access to safe water and food, are sustained proposals of
local development according to their culture and greater accessibility to quality health care.
Therefore, they demand an intersectoral work that includes national, provincial and municipal governments. But that they are not decisions taken from the desk, but that they be included and their cultural wealth be valued, so that the measures adjust to their ways of life and idiosyncrasy. In that sense, one of the main concerns has to do with the lands.
Asked about these claims,
Arroyo replied: “There is no possible solution without an active and participatory role of the communities. It is what they propose and it is what I believe. They should not only be sitting at the table proposing different alternatives -Now we want to work on productive projects-, but we also have to be able to generate long-lasting, sustainable policies that have to do with the characteristics of the communities “.
A structural problem
Beyond addressing the emergency, Arroyo stressed the need for ”
address more structural issues that have to do with water wells that are beginning to be done and with identifying productive projects that give communities greater possibilities. That is what came out of today’s meeting, what the chiefs themselves raised. “
How do you explain that a problem of such magnitude has been perpetuating for decades? “It seems to me that there has not been the political will to solve it for a long time and I hope that this time, articulating the Nation, the province and the municipality well, and facing background actions, it can begin to be resolved,” the minister replied.
He added: “We have acted particularly in the emergency,
we have to manage to act articulately on the action that has to do with structural changes, because the crisis is stabilizing in a very critical context, but we have to start generating structural change policies because otherwise we will find ourselves in this situation. “