Peru’s Humala says he will meet demand for health in Pisco


President Ollanta Humala said his government would meet the demands of the people of Pisco, and promised to solve the congestion of the old Hospital San Juan de Dios, affected by the earthquake of 2007.

"We will address the health issues, we have Minister Alberto Tejada to analyze this issue, we have a crowded hospital and we have to solve this problem," he said after visiting the old hospital and talking to patients.

The head of state complained that the new San Juan de Dios hospital, opened by the previous government, so far is not working at full capacity.

According to statements published in Andina, Humala said the new health center does not have the necessary equipment to serve the people of Pisco.

Humala made a visit to Pisco on Friday in order to oversee rebuilding of the city, which was seriously affected by a 7.9 magnitude earthquake on August 15, 2007.

Ministers of Transport and Communications, Carlos Paredes Rodriguez, Minister of Housing, Rene Cornejo, and Minister of Health, Alberto Tejada, accompanied the President on the trip.

In Pisco, the President assured the public that the reconstruction of the south will be a priority for his government and promised to punish any act of corruption that had impeded care of the victims of that earthquake.

The earthquake left nearly 600 dead, 416,218 injured and more than 60,000 homes damaged or destroyed, as well as breaking up much of the infrastructure and public services.


President Humala said his government would meet the demands of the people of Pisco, who have been affected by the 2007 earthquake.