PERU-US SOCIAL INCLUSION PROGRAMME TO BENEFIT 7,000 PEOPLE

12 Jul 2013 11:19

LIMA, July 10 (BERNAMA-NNN-ANDINA) -- A social inclusion programme launched by the Armed Forces of Peru and the United States will provide about 7,000 people with medical services.

Peru's Defence Minister Pedro Cateriano and Minister-Counsellor of the U.S. Embassy, Michael J. Fitzpatrick, visited Piura's Talara province Tuesday to initiate the activities.

The social programme, called "Talara 2013", seeks to help people living in poverty in Talara and surrounding areas.

As part of the programme, the U.S. will support the Peruvian military personnel and the country's Civil Defence Institute in developing an Emergency Preparedness Programme.

Cateriano said that medical assistance, including ophthalmology, orthodontics, surgery, emergency, general medicine, pediatrics, gynecology and rehabilitation will be provided from today until July 19.

For his part, Fitzpatrick said that his country will grant US$400,000 to the programme and nine U.S. doctors will be participating in the activities.

--BERNAMA-NNN-ANDINA

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