International media highlighted the accurate decisions of the leader of 33 million Peruvians in the battle against the coronavirus crisis. Martin Vizcarra, 57, born in Lima, engineer and graduated from a management school, now is the current president of the Republic of Peru and is the hope of millions of citizens awaiting for the end of the uncertainty.
Peru before the Pandemic
At the time of the resignation of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski on March 23, 2018, Peruvians claimed for a trustworthy governor after the corruption scandals related to the Odebrecht case. The two years of Vizcarra government featured the reform on the judicial system after more corruption cases, the dissolution of Congress and now the coronavirus pandemic fight.
Vizcarra: People is First
People over everything. Vizcarra management is making use of the public treasure to ensure the wellbeing of Peruvian citizens. Digital media covered the rapid response after the first positive case in the country. Forecasts indicate the reach of the peak in the infection curve to the end of April.
On March 6, the president reported the first imported coronavirus case. In his official message, he exhorted citizens to trust the current healthcare system based on the announcement of an action plan involving the coordinated efforts of public health system, private clinics, police, the army and every single Peruvian citizen.
March 11, Vizcarra declared Peru in sanitary emergency. Necessary protocols were activated on airports and seaports countrywide, scanning passengers’ temperatures and asking for symptoms. Imported cases raised gradually, all of them provided with medication and home isolation. The Ministry of Health started an information campaign conveying all recommendations given by the World Health Organization. Travelers arriving from Italy, France, China and Spain had to stay in a 14-day mandatory quarantine. Five days later, flights coming from and to Europe and Asia ban took place.
Closure of aerial, maritime and terrestrial borders came along the restrictions on freedom of movement, the 14-day quarantine. Started on March 16, no Peruvian citizen can leave home. Exceptions include purchase medication and food, medical attention, bank operations and commuting to work in essential roles such as nurses and doctors, police officers, journalists and related, farmers and elderly care workers.
The voices of low-income families and worried entrepreneurs reached recently enacted decrees as well. A 110-dollar subsidy was granted to families consigned as vulnerable in the latest census and other official databases. Unemployed independent contractors are also about to receive this benefit. In addition, withdrawing from the private retirement funds have been also enacted. Vizcarra also allowed low-interest loans for small and middle enterprises to ensure cash flow during the quarantine. Other citizens who are not able to survive during the quarantine will also receive other subsidies, ensures Vizcarra.
The Ministry of Education could not delay the start of the school year in public institutions. Since April 6, virtual lessons provided online as well as educational content in radio and television stations support the education of children who do not have internet access or computers. Emotive photos of children hearing attentively to the programs at countryside touched Peruvian hearts on Monday.
Yesterday, April 8, the lockdown has extended two more weeks. Uncertainty about how long the country will stop mixes with a president’s determination, the sights at empty streets, the courage of medical staff and the perseverance of studying children.