Peru: Minsa delivers over 5,000 rapid test kits to indigenous communities in Loreto

18:19 | Trompeteros (Loreto region), May. 29.

A Health Ministry (Minsa) team on Friday delivered 5,000 COVID-19 rapid test kits and 20,000 face masks for indigenous people in more than 40 communities across the Corrientes Basin in Trompeteros district (Loreto region).

The delegation is led by Deputy Public Health Minister Nancy Zerpa, who brought medicines and medical supplies to supply three brigades of multidisciplinary professionals in order to continue assisting locals and reduce the spread of COVID-19 cases among them.

In addition to the tests, the flight —which left Air Group No. 8— carried medications such as azithromycin, amoxicillin, hydroxychloroquine, ivermectin, naproxen, prednisone, salbutamol, as well as medical supplies (syringes, needles, catheters, gloves, face masks, and safety glasses).

The three brigades are made up of medical professionals, nurses, biologists, as well as nursing and laboratory technicians. 

The permanent intercultural brigade operating in the health establishment of the area will continue providing care to the local population as usual.

The Minsa team was joined by two other brigades composed of personnel from Lima, who traveled for an operation coordinated by Minsa's Directorate of Indigenous or Native Peoples, as well as a Loreto Health Network team. 

These two groups of professionals will provide care to Trompeteros communities for 10 days, as part of the first phase of health intervention.


Published: 5/29/2020