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Peru : Construction of the new Espinar hospital will begin in September.

The technical team of the Ministry of Health that participated in the Dialogue Table for the development of the province of Espinar (Cusco), said that in September will begin the construction of the new Espinar Hospital, whose process is in tender, and that was approved the comprehensive health action plan for the population at risk of heavy metals. Likewise, technical assistance has been provided to the work carried out in the water analysis micro-laboratory of the Municipality of Espinar, and quarterly monitoring of environmental control will be carried out with civil society observers.

In this regard, Guillermo Fras, advisor to the Deputy Ministry of Public Health of the Ministry of Health (MINSA) who led this technical team during the dialogue, informed the authorities and representatives of organized civil society in this province of Cusco, that the hospital It has a schedule for contracting the execution of the work for an amount of 91,827,123.22 million soles and for supervision for a value of more than 5'395,090.39 million soles.

For his part, the director of the Directorate General of Environmental Health (Digesa), Percy Montes, indicated that his institution will continue to provide technical assistance and laboratory analysis support to the Regional Health Directorate (Diresa) of Cusco, to continue with the monitoring of water quality for human consumption of Espinar. In addition, Digesa and Diresa will provide technical support for the expansion and implementation of the physical, chemical and microbiological microlaboratory of the municipality of Espinar, in order to expand the water analysis, a project that will be channeled by the Regional Government of Cusco.

Digesa has also coordinated with the Diresa to strengthen the environmental and water control laboratory, and monitoring will be carried out quarterly and will include, for the first time as observers, representatives of the provincial government of civil society to make this work transparent. Finally, Wilder Medina, representative of the Directorate of Non-Communicable Minsa, reported on the approval of the Comprehensive Health Action Plan for the population at risk of heavy metals in the provinces of Espinar, Chumbivilcas and La Convencin, prepared by Diresa Cusco , led by the regional government of Cusco.

This plan is based on 5 lines of action: comprehensive health care with emphasis on the population at risk, epidemiological surveillance for exposure to heavy metals and metalloids, monitoring of water quality for human consumption, health promotion and territorial management of heavy metals, and strategic communication in heavy metals risks. At the end of the working table in which the Minister of Environment, Lucia Ruiz and local and regional authorities participated, a minute was signed approving the actions carried out and a timetable for monitoring them.

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Date:Jun 18, 2019
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