Peru’s Minister of Health, Patricia García, and the Governor of Piura, Reynaldo Hilbck, praised the work of the Cuban medical brigade treating victims of the floods which recently hit the country, reports Prensa Latina.
The officials highlighted the hard work, professionalism and dedication of the 23 Cuban health collaborators who every day treat hundreds of people affected by the natural disaster, which has resulted in the death of 107 persons in different regions across the country.
The brigade includes members of the Henry Reeve International Contingent Specialized in Disaster Situations and Serious Epidemics.
Speaking to a team of Cuban reporters, head of the brigade Rolando Piloto reported that to date, health collaborators have treated 6,641 patients in hospitals in the city of Piura and temporary campsites located close by, which are providing shelter to thousands of people whose homes were washed away by the floods.
He added that, on April 18, a further ten doctors and the same number of nurses began offering round the clock services at the camp hospital which was previously inaugurated by the Health Minister.
The country’s northern region was the most severely affected by the worst rains Peru has seen in decades. Meanwhile, the government is currently prioritizing reconstruction efforts to repair the huge amounts of damage caused by the floods.
On April 18, Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski announced the creation of a government recovery plan, although he didn’t specify as to the cost or timeframe. Preliminary estimates suggest that the cost of recovery efforts could reach nine billion dollars, and take about three years, according to Prime Minister Fernando Zavala.