48 hours after starting operations, the new Social Health Insurance System (EsSalud) Villages located in the cities of Moquegua and Ilo admitted their first 20 COVID-19 patients, who already receive specialized care from medical personnel to overcome the disease, as well as medications and constant monitoring until they are fully recovered.
Lesly Shica, spokesperson for EsSalud, explained that the new villages came into operation last Sunday. Hours later, 12 patients were referred to Moquegua Village and the other 8 to the establishment located in Ilo.
"In 15 days, our compatriots are expected to fully recover and return to their homes. The medical and nursing staff is always aware of the evolution of each one of them and to attend to all their needs. All biosecurity protocols have been taken care of to carry out the transfers," she said.
The official stressed that both temporary isolation centers for COVID-19 —inaugurated last Sunday— have contributed to increasing the free-of-charge hospital offer in a few hours, as well as decongesting the institution's healthcare facilities in both cities.
Each village relies on 50 hospital beds and access points for oxygen in order to assist patients who need them.
Both establishments have medical supplies for the specialized care of people 24 hours a day.
"The transferred patients receive their meals at specific times (for breakfast, lunch and dinner)," she highlighted taking into account that healthy eating is essential for the recovery anyone affected by COVID-19.
She added that this primary care approach is replicated in all regions. According to the spokesperson, Moquegua —as other regions— has been facing a peak of infections over recent weeks.
For this reason, "the infrastructure had to be rapidly implemented with the necessary human resources, medicines and medical supplies to attend to the insured and uninsured population. EsSalud villages exist to serve all citizens without any distinction."