ROVERBELLA. Who said that the pandemic makes communities close in on themselves? In Castiglione Mantovano, a populous district of Rovereto with just under a thousand inhabitants, the citizens have shown that they know how to recognize the value of being united in these difficult times. And also that of thanks for those who have spent their time and energy to fight the pandemic. So, spontaneously, they agreed to give a gift and a surprise to the health representatives of their community.
On Thursday afternoon they made an appointment in front of the doctor’s office. Here they waited patiently as the group of people swelled to nearly a hundred people. They then called the pharmacists with an excuse and when the doctor, by now it was almost twenty, finished his surgery and left, he was literally taken by surprise. A volley of spontaneous applause from the small crowd that had gathered. Almost a liberating act to say that the pandemic has brought people and healthcare professionals together even more.
Doctor Mario Giuseppe Perri was moved. And so the pharmacist present, Grazia Simonetta Trevisani, while her colleague Marilena Borsati was unable to attend.
The surprise was greater when a plaque of thanks came out of the hands of one of the many participants. “A simple thing – explains one of the organizers of the spontaneous event – only to thank those who have worked hard for us”.
The plaque was handed over to the 63-year-old doctor from Porto Mantovano who for some years replaced the former doctor and mayor Alberto Martinelli.
But why did the citizens decide to surprise the doctor and the two pharmacists in the hamlet?
“Everyone could see it – explains one of the participants – they carried out their task with dedication, self-denial and courage even in the most difficult moments that have occurred in recent months”.
The testimonies are many, but they all agree on one aspect: both the doctor and the pharmacists were a living part of the community in this moment of suffering for many.
«They have shown us, the doctor coming from house to house, the pharmacists giving advice and help, that humanity and psychological help are important. Our small community, and this is the meaning of the plate given, thanked the doctor and the pharmacists with the awareness of having received assistance, care and comfort worthy of esteem and gratitude ».