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The politician who changed back to being a doctor: “I never completely stopped medicine”

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Since the mandatory quarantine started, he has been seen with both for longer than with any other type of clothing. In the last month, by his own decision, he decided to extend his working hours and add to his job as vice-mayor of Córdoba Capital your experience as a general practitioner to stop the spread of the coronavirus in the city.

Together with a group of volunteers, he visits the most vulnerable neighborhoods from Monday to Monday, visits the shelters where people live on the street, and attends the homes of older adults to vaccinate them against the flu.

Due to his university training and vocation, Mayor Martín Llaryora asked him to coordinate and accompany the efforts of the Secretary of Health in the face of the pandemic, but Passerini preferred to put the body to the situation and contribute his experience from the front line of the battle front.

Protected with an apron, gloves, glasses and chinstraps, very few Cordovan people recognize him when they see him and he prefers it to be so. With a low profile, they get lost among the battalion of health professionals who ring the doorbell every day to apply the doses to the risk groups.

Even very few know that before assuming his new political position -in 2019- he had been collaborating for four years with the priest Mariano Oberlin in the Müller neighborhood, located in a very marginal area of ​​the city.

“I go to his parish every Monday, since 2015, where I have my medical office to attend free of charge to young people with addiction problems,” he told Infobae Passerini, who met the paragraph when he served as the Governor’s Minister of Social Development José Manuel De La Sota.

Passerini comes from a family closely linked to Peronism and his father, in fact, was one of De La Sota’s trusted leaders and who transmitted his passion for politics. “I am his disciple”, admits this first-time delasotist, who maintains an excellent relationship with his family and in particular with the deputy Natalia De La Sota.

However, he always moved between his two passions. “I never completely stopped medicine. In my first time as a politician, when I was elected mayor of Cruz Alta, in 1999, I was able to make my two professions coexist since in the afternoon I attended my office and continued to collaborate with the local hospital ”, recalled Passerini, who was also re-elected to his post in 2003.

But everything changed when he was summoned by De La Sota to join the provincial government in 2005 and he had to prioritize his work in the public service because it demanded greater responsibilities.

At the end of his term, Passerini continued to be linked to politics and was elected as legislator for Unión por Córdoba (2015-2019), the party of the Peronist governor Juan Schiaretti. “At that time I took the opportunity to return to study and I did a specialization in toxicology at the Council of Doctors of Córdoba”, counted.

“I did the training for 4 years, every Saturday. And this year I have to submit my thesis. We will see if after forty they give me the date and they can receive me“Remarked the vice-mayor.

The choice of that postgraduate course was closely linked to the priest Oberlin since when he learned of his work as provincial minister he was fascinated by his work and decided to help him. “When I received my medical degree, the problem of addictions and toxicology were not as visible and worrisome as today. Having been working with him in that poor community made me aware of the importance of this specialty, “he assured.

Daniel Passerini he is 55 years old, married and has two children; one of 21 years old who studies chemical engineering at the UTN in Córdoba and another of 12 years old who is in the second year of high school. “They banked me from the first moment I told them that I wanted to help in this pandemic despite the fear that this virus generates,” he said.

Since the national government decided to carry out the influenza vaccination campaign, Córdoba received 300,000 doses and the municipality began to work against the clock to reinforce the people’s defenses before the arrival of the first cold weather.

The first actions took place at the door of the central banking entities, where retirees gathered to collect their assets. “On the first day alone, we vaccinated more than 1,000 older adults”, counted. But beyond this achievement, he could not contain his medical gaze and considered that what happened that Friday, April 3 was a setback in the fight against COVID-19 due to lack of planning to avoid unnecessary exposure to the virus of that group of risk.

Passerini is convinced that politics must be at the service of the people and that as a result of the pandemic there is a revaluation of the health system by citizens throughout the country.

“When the quarantine ends there are going to be many paradigm shifts, such as the discourse of materialism and excessive consumerism. In this time it was demonstrated that there are many more important issues that had been left in the background, such as a hug or a visit to our loved ones. The challenge of this pandemic, in addition to resetting the economy, is that it improves us as people and that it also reaches politicians ”, reflected this municipal official who decided to contribute his double experience in the midst of the crisis.

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