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The Peruvian government takes control of Arequipa after the collapse of its health system

Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra has instructed the Ministry of Health to take control of Arequipa’s health care system in the event of a breakdown due to the increasing spread of the corona virus in this department of the southwestern country.

This was announced when he appeared on Thursday. Shortly afterwards, it became official through Emergency Decree 086, which empowers the Department of Health to intervene in Arequipa’s exceptional and temporary health care system.

This allows the central government to make decisions about workers, facilities and equipment, and care for the Arequipa healthcare system, and to draw up strategic plans.

The Peruvian government takes control of Arequipa after the collapse of its health system
The Peruvian government takes control of Arequipa after the collapse of its health system

The executive justifies the intervention, since Arequipa “is in a phase of rapid growth starting in June and the transmission chain of the coronavirus must therefore be interrupted”.

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