The Municipality of Ventanilla urged the regional government of Callao to declare a health state of emergency because of hazardous conditions at the clandestine “Cerro Gorila” cemetery.
“Cerro Gorila” is located at in the “6 de Abril” human settlement. It was founded 14 years ago as part of the Pachacútec New Pilot Project.
Approximately 700 bodies are buried improperly, raising serious cause for concern because such burials could create epidemic like conditions for the 5,000 surrounding residents.
On Thursday, Health Ministry officials, Municipal Council representatives and Regional Health Directorate of Callao members inspected the cemetery – leaders from the neighboring human settlements also attended.
According to the mayor of Ventanilla, Omar Marcos, “Cerro Gorila” is an infectious threat to nearby inhabitants. His office is taking action.
As reported by _Peru21_, “We urge the competent institutions to declare a state of health emergency here in Pachacútec because it has become a source of infection that threatens the life and health of thousands of residents of the area,” said Marcos.
Although the mayor’s office is taking on the challenge, Marcos assures that it’s the Callao regional government’s responsibility because the land belongs to their jurisdiction.
Ventanilla officials began guarding the cemetery as a temporary measure while they submit a letter to the Presidency of the Council of Ministers.
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