President of Peru: Strong, humane and decentralized health system urgently needed | News | ANDEAN

President of the Republic Pedro Castillo on Monday stressed the urgent need for a strong, efficient, humane and decentralized health system in Peru.

These remarks were made during the inauguration of the Canta Callao bicentennial hospital, managed by the social health insurance system (EsSalud), which will benefit more than 200,000 policyholders in northern Lima and Callao.

“We have the enormous challenge of preserving and defending life in the face of the current pandemic and the chronic problems that have resulted in 200 years of neglect, indifference and lack of planning of the health system,” said Mr. Castillo. .

“The health of Peruvians cannot wait. Health should never be a business, nor a privilege,” he added.

In his speech, the country’s top official said his administration had done everything to contain the COVID-19 pandemic and its variants from day one in office.

“This permanent action consists of strengthening the level of primary care and setting up our health establishments, so that there is no shortage of beds, medical oxygen, drugs or personnel, among other services”, a- he points out.

“The greatest efforts have been made by doctors, nurses and technical staff, whose dedication has enabled them to administer more than 52 million doses of vaccine, which represents more than 80% of the target population vaccinated,” of which more than five million were administered as a third shot (recall), “he said.

This is a developing story.

(FIN) NPD / GSR / JCR / RMB

Posted: 1/10/2022

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