Former Health Minister Víctor Zamora affirmed that rapid tests should not have been used for the diagnosis of coronavirus (COVID-19) at the beginning of the pandemic, although he defended himself by assuring that “that was what there was” at that time.
In a debate on Canal N’s Political Agenda, he asserted that the national debate should not focus on rapid tests, but on what should be done with our health system.
“Of course the rapid tests should not have been used, but that is what we had on March 20, when I took responsibility [en el Ministerio de Salud]”, he expressed.
He indicated that Peru cannot be compared with countries where more is invested in health in terms of per capita and recalled that the Government has invested 250 dollars per citizen per capita in the last 20 years, which is almost a third of what it invests Chile and 50% of Colombia.
“We did not have the resources to face this mega-event at our disposal: laboratories, ICU, human resources, hospitalization, medicines are and continue to be precarious for a country like us”, he stressed.
For his part, the former president of the National Institute of Health (INS) Ernesto Bustamante remarked that one cannot speak of good management in the face of the coronavirus because the results “They are catastrophic”.
“The problem is the tests, in that we differentiate ourselves in other countries of the world […] There was no justification to buy those rapid tests that did not work and that in my opinion are responsible for the excess of deaths in Peru “, he sentenced.