The Peruvian Medical Federation (FMP) went on a national strike, Wednesday, to demand better working conditions amid a surge in COVID-19 cases that has led Health Minister Pilar Mazzetti to acknowledge that the country is going through a second wave of the pandemic.
Footage shows doctors and health workers marching towards the Ministry of Health headquarters while carrying posters and chanting. The demonstration was monitored by police and no incidents were reported.
“We are all united in this protest against the government’s failure to act. It has not complied with the budget increase. We currently have the lowest budget in Latin America. It is not even 50% of the Latin American average,” said Godofredo Talavera, president of the Peruvian Medical Federation.
Ketty Solier Gonzalez, general secretary of the National Union of Nurses, pointed to the precariousness of medical staff to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic: “All our facilities are completely saturated with patients in need of care and we cannot help because we have many deficiencies and shortages that deserve special attention.”
According to the latest data collected by the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, as of Wednesday, Peru has confirmed a total of 1,040,231 cases of COVID-19 and 38,399 deaths related to the disease.