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Mexico presents a guide to protect people with disabilities during COVID-19 pandemic

The Mexican Ministry of Health presented a new guide with information for people with disabilities during the covid-19 pandemic.

On April 29th, the Guide for the protection of the health of people with disabilities in the context of COVID-19, designed between the 3-12 Movement, the National Council to Prevent Discrimination (Conapred) and the National Council for Development and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities (Conadis), it was presented in order to indicate the basic measures to be implemented to protect the health of persons with disabilities during the coronavirus emergency.

In the afternoon conference to report on the country’s situation regarding the COVID-19, Ricardo Cortés Alcalá, General Director of Health Promotion, said that among the measures to guarantee care for people with disabilities is to enable a WhatsApp number so that sign language interpreters can translate the feelings of patients to medical personnel. The guide details the symptoms of the coronavirus, hygiene measures and where to go if you suspect you are infected with the virus.

According to Cortés Alcalá, the guide will be useful for people living with disabilities, caregivers, and health personnel who receive a person with a disability who requires care around COVID-19.

The document breaks down considerations to be taken against COVID-19, depending on the type of disability, and it details how to protect people with hearing disabilities, intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, motor disabilities, visual and psychosocial disabilities.

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