Peru: Health, Defense ministers coordinate actions to fight COVID-19

15:06 | Chiclayo (Lambayeque Region), May. 1.

Ministers Victor Zamora (Health) and Walter Martos (Defense) —joined by the head of the National COVID-19 Operations Command Pilar Mazzetti— held a work meeting in the Peruvian city of Chiclayo on Friday.

The dignitaries departed Lima this morning from Air Group N°8 carrying medical supplies such as rapid tests, encapsulated suits, disposable pants and jackets, hydroxychloroquine units, portable oximeters, and devices for measuring temperatures remotely, among other implements.

At the meeting —which took place at the Peruvian Air Force Base (FAP) in Chiclayo— the delegation evaluated with local authorities the containment measures applied, as well as the first-level and specialized care provided to the region's population.

According to official statistics from the Ministry of Health (Minsa) —registered in the COVID-19 Situation Room— Lambayeque ranks third among the regions hardest hit by the new coronavirus, with 2,360 infected and 194 deceased people until May 1. Therefore, it receives special attention from the national authorities.

As is known, from April 18 to 22, a Minsa multidisciplinary team visited this region in order to provide technical assistance and support in the execution of the budget, and logistics, as well as to reduce the existing gaps in the containment of COVID-19.

The delegation that arrived in the area was also composed of Social Health Insurance System (EsSalud) Executive-President Fiorella Molinelli, as well as of a health team made up of doctors, nurses, and nursing technicians.

Molinelli explained that this medical team will remain 15 days in Lambayeque and Loreto to strengthen health care in those regions, where there is a significant number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. Following that period, the members will return to Lima to complete a 15-day quarantine period before going back home to their relatives.

Friday marks the forty-seventh day of mandatory social isolation in Peru.


Published: 5/1/2020
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