LA PAZ – A brigade of doctors from Bolivia and Peru on Monday began an eight-day operation to provide medical care for residents living around Lake Titicaca, which is shared by the two nations, part of a binational health campaign sponsored by the Bolivian and Peruvian navies.
The 5th Civic Action Brigade on Monday departed from the Andean town of Tiquina, on the shore of Lake Titicaca, on board the Bolivian navy’s hospital boat Julian Apaza, accompanied by two patrol boats belonging to the Peruvian navy.
The team is comprised of nine doctors, four from Peru and five from Bolivia, who will carry out “civic action on Taquiri Island, in the Bolivian zone, and on Anapia Island, which is Peruvian,” the commander of Bolivia’s 4th Titicaca Naval District, Capt. Ruben Sandoval Oporto, told EFE.
“Eight days of medical attention are scheduled in the specialties of gynecology, general medicine, dentistry, laboratory (tests) and nursing,” Sandoval said.
During the operation, Bolivian and Peruvian naval personnel will also carry out “exercises to clean hydrocarbon pollution” as well as search and rescue operations, the officer added.
The project, which was arranged at a meeting of the border naval commands, will run through Sept. 7.