“Attention, the situation in the Amazon is worsening. The 3,800 inhabitants who have established their settlements along the Igara-Paraná River in La Chorrera, are in crisis because of COVID-19,” Peralta tweeted.
The unique health center in La Chorrera municipality has only one room for admissions and delicate patients. The power service only works three hours per day.
The Muinane, the Uitoto, the Bora, and the Ocaina people are most vulnerable to the virus, given the scarcity of accurate testing and diagnosis.
In the project HERE Uitoto and Shipibo artists and activists will explore the impact both of covid-19 and of inequalities on Peru’s Amazonian communities. HERE stresses the presence of indigenous people and their right to defend their way of life. https://t.co/S1Ydorejmvpic.twitter.com/jRdOsrniDb
“We call on the National Government; the existence of four ancestral cultures is at stake. Traditions, languages, songs, customs, and century-old knowledge could disappear if these communities lose key members to transfer their knowledge,” Peralta added.
Currently, La Chorrera's health care center remits severe patients to Bogota hospitals, which are on the edge of collapse, given the high rate of beds occupancy.
According to the National Indigenous Organization of Colombia, Amazonas department health authorities registered over 2,500 COVID-19 cases and 107 deceases.