Peru: Minsa steps up joint efforts to serve indigenous peoples in Amazonia

10:27 | Lima, Jul. 27.

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported that it has further trained its health networks and micro-networks personnel, who serve the indigenous population in the Amazon area, in order to report on the measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Minsa staff prompted Amazonian inhabitants to constantly practice hand washing with soap and water, use face masks and keep one meter away from one another.

Additionally, the sector reported that all efforts deployed by the Executive Branch were strengthened through Minsa's intervention plan aimed at indigenous communities and rural populated centers in the Amazonia to tackle the COVID-19 emergency, which is intended to serve more than 860,000 citizens living in Amazonian towns.

Rapid interventions
At the same time, the ministry has arranged —through the Directorate of Indigenous and Native Peoples in conjunction with local and regional governments— rapid interventions in localities with indigenous populations, where there is greater demand for health care services as a result of the health emergency.

In this context, Minsa announced that comprehensive health care initiatives are being developed with multi-sectoral participation. They provide health care services in different specialties, which are articulated by the Presidency of the Council of Ministers —through Minsa— the Joint Command of the Armed Forces and the Social Health Insurance System (EsSalud), and have reached indigenous communities in Loreto, Junin and Amazonas regions.


Published: 7/27/2020
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