Peru President: We are making progress on expanding the hospital offer

00:20 | Pucallpa (Ucayali region), Jun. 19.

The President of the Republic Martin Vizcarra has stressed that the Government is making decisive progress on expanding the free-of-charge hospital offer aimed at facing the COVID-19 pandemic in Peru.

"Three weeks ago, through an Urgency Decree, it was decided to expand the hospital offer by 5,000 additional beds in order to face the pandemic. Now, there are 13,000 beds nationwide, and there will be a total of 20,000 in one month. Besides, we now rely on 1,300 ICU beds," he expressed.

During his work visit to Ucayali aimed at supervising the completion of Villa EsSalud Pucallpa —a temporary hospital that will strengthen the coverage of care for COVID-19 patients— the Head of State stressed his administration's commitment to the Amazon and reaffirmed the Government's efforts towards empowering the health sector within the context of the current health emergency.

"Starting tomorrow (Friday), Villa EsSalud Pucallpa will be operating, in adequate conditions to attend to patients, featuring spacious rooms and a fully equipped pharmacy," he underlined.

The statesman added that this hospital has the capacity to process the drug known as ivermectin. In this sense, he specified that its production can reach 300 units on a daily basis and up to 6,000 a month.

On this occasion, the President was joined by EsSalud Executive President Fiorella Molinelli.


Published: 6/19/2020