Cusco, Peru, Aug 17, 2020 / 14:15 pm America/Denver (CNA).
As the coronavirus pandemic continues, Peru has been among the hardest hit countries in the world, ranking sixth in the total number of reported cases according to the John Hopkins University of Medicine.
The country’s health system has been hard pressed to properly treat patients, and oxygen has been one of the main shortages, especially in the rural areas.
To fill the gap, the Archdiocese of Cusco has raised approximately $175,000 through the “Cusco Breathes” campaign to purchase oxygen tanks which could help hundreds of COVID-19 patients.
Also participating in the campaign are CONREDE (National Council of Deans of Professional Schools) and the Cusco Region COVID-19 Operations Command.
The “Cusco Breathes” campaign recently announced that they have already made arrangements for the delivery of the first 100 tanks.
A committee will be created “to determine the distribution of the oxygen cylinders to be acquired, based on the principles of equity and efficiency,” working with the regional board of health, hospitals, and government agencies.