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Social leaders demand resignation of Peru’s Health Minister

Lima, Jun 1 (Prensa Latina) Social leaders of the northern Peruvian city of Piura demanded today the resignation of the Minister of Health, Rosa Gutierrez, for what they consider deficient management of the growing number of cases of dengue fever.

The resignation of Gutierrez was demanded during a sit-in in the center of Piura, capital of the region of the same name, which has suffered 40 deaths and 31 thousand of dengue infections and similar levels of dengue in the neighboring region of Chiclayo and in the southern region of Ica. Previously, the parliamentarian Edward Malaga, in a letter, asked the minister to resign because she does not have the necessary professional profile for the position, as she is a nephrologist previously dedicated to administrative positions and lacks epidemiological preparation.

One of the demonstrators in the protest called by the Colectivo Regional por la Salud y la Vida accused the minister of inaction and negligence, because in a previous visit, when there were 20 deaths, she said the outbreak was under control and in decline.

He added that Gutiérrez offended Piura by affirming that the population is to blame for the advance of dengue because they do not comply with the prohibition of having water tanks in their homes, where the Aedes Egypti mosquito, transmitter of the disease, reproduces on a large scale.

The minister is also criticized for stating that funds have been transferred to the Regional Directorate of Piura to fight dengue, and therefore she is responsible for the situation.


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