Peru's President: Use of beds for COVID-19 decreased in recent days

Photo: ANDINA/Presidency of the Republic

Photo: ANDINA/Presidency of the Republic

15:08 | Lima, Sep. 1.

The use of beds by COVID-19 patients at hospitals nationwide has experienced a sustained decline over the last 10 days, the President of the Republic Martin Vizcarra affirmed on Tuesday.

"The amount of hospitalization beds has been increased from 2,000 to 20,000; that means we have multiplied the number of beds by 10. Fortunately, there are good news; in the last 10 days, the number of occupied beds has been decreasing nationwide," he stressed.

"Now, during the last 10 days, there was a decline in the number of beds needed," he said.

Investments in health

Likewise, the statesman reported that S/283 million (about US$79.79 million) was invested in the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE), other S/60 million (about US$19.92 billion) was allocated to resume the primary care level, whereas the refurbishment of the Lima-based Ate Hospital to treat critical COVID-19 patients entailed an investment of S/30 million (about US$8.46 million).

In addition, S/158 million (about US$44.54 million) was spent on the purchase of rapid and molecular tests.

Besides, he said, the grants aimed at health personnel entail an investment of S/230 million (about US$64.84 million).


Published: 9/1/2020
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