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Peru's President: We will strengthen infrastructure to treat minors with cancer

Photo: ANDINA/Presidency of the Republic of Peru

Photo: ANDINA/Presidency of the Republic of Peru

19:06 | Lima, May. 12.

The President of the Republic Pedro Castillo on Thursday announced that his administration will strengthen hospital infrastructure in various regions to better serve children suffering from cancer in Peru.

Mr. Castillo led an event at the Government Palace's Courtyard of Honor, where he welcomed at least 200 minors suffering from this disease.

Within this framework, he announced that the Government is allocating more than S/4.183 billion (over US$1.104 billion) through the Ministry of Health (Minsa) to guarantee comprehensive treatment for cancer patients and access to corresponding drugs, within the framework of the National Plan for Comprehensive Cancer Care.

In this sense, the Head of State noted that it is necessary to enhance services and prevention campaigns aimed at detecting this disease in time.

"The commitment is to strengthen hospital infrastructure for oncology services in five hospitals located in Metropolitan Lima, among which are the National Institute of Neoplastic Diseases (INEI) and the National Institute of Child Health in Breña and San Borja (districts)," he said.

Likewise, the top official indicated that pediatric oncohematology services will be strengthened in five regions of the country.

Furthermore, the dignitary stated that one of the floors of the National Institute of Child Health in San Borja will be implemented exclusively for cancer patients so as to decongest services nationwide.

"Boys, girls, mothers, and fathers, we are obliged to redouble our efforts for you, so that you have the same rights and can fully develop, as well as to provide timely and high-quality care for the comprehensive treatment of cancer," he underlined in his speech.

Mr. Castillo added that, at this time, the Government is focused on providing efficient and effective treatments for cancer patients.

The president also announced that a greater budget will be allocated for the treatment of this disease, so that minors in the country can better cope with it.

Lastly, he indicated that in this first year an investment of S/1.100 billion (about US$290 million) is underway, which will comprehensively cover oncological drugs and treatment of children in Peru.

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Publicado: 12/5/2022