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Sat May 16, 2020, 09:49 PM

Peru says will build hospital in Amazon for COVID-19 patients



Issued on: 17/05/2020 - 02:18
Modified: 17/05/2020 - 02:17

Lima (AFP)

Peru said it will construct a fast-build hospital in the Amazon as it seeks to respond to a growing COVID-19 emergency sweeping through the indigenous population.

State social security body EsSalud said it expects the 100-bed hospital in Pucallpa, capital of the remote Ucayali region on the border with Brazil, to be operational within three weeks.

"EsSalud will install a fast-build hospital in Ucayali to serve COVID-19 patients," the government body said in a statement late Friday.

The Peruvian Amazon is already facing a dire emergency, with hospitals in its largest city Iquitos overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients and local morgues unable to cope with the number of bodies.

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https://www.france24.com/en/20200517-peru-says-will-build-hospital-in-amazon-for-covid-19-patients

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