13:26 | Chachapoyas (Amazonas region), Aug. 4.
The Ministry of Health (Minsa)
has sent 13 health professionals to Amazonas region in order to tackle the emergency caused by the coronavirus pandemic and reinforce health care services, mainly in indigenous and Amazonian communities.
The delegation is made up of 3 doctors, 6 nurses, 2 obstetricians and 2 specialists in biology, who will provide support in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19.
The initiative is part of the actions taken to meet the needs of these highly vulnerable populations, such as the distribution of oxygen compressors and pulse oximeters, as well as the provision of medications, face masks for community use, personal protective equipment, plus rapid and molecular tests.
Thus, the Ministry of Health reinforces its commitment to improving health care services in Amazonian and indigenous communities.
This priority takes shape through different actions aimed at enhancing primary care level, treatment and prevention initiatives.
Invisible and deadly enemy
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) or the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). These viruses can be transmitted between animals and people.
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain that had not been previously identified in humans. It is transmitted from human to human through respiratory droplets from coughing and sneezing. COVID-19 is also transmitted by close contact with people infected by the virus.