Perenco, the leading independent oil & gas company, in co-operation with the Regional Government of Loreto and the Peruvian Navy, is very pleased to announce the launch of the "Pastaza Hospital Barge." The barge, the first of its kind in the region, will offer much needed medical services to more than 16,000 people from 86 communities along the Napo, Curaray and Arabela rivers.
The "Pastaza Hospital Barge" inauguration ceremony took place in Iquitos on 18th November. The French Ambassador for Peru, Cecile Pozzo de Borgo, the barge's godmother, and the President of the Regional Government of Loreto, Yvan Vasquez Valera, the barge's godfather, both attended the official launch event.
The launch of the "Pastaza Hospital Barge" sees Perenco Peru, the Regional Government of Loreto and the Peruvian Navy all working closely together to deliver a comprehensive health project in the area. The "Pastaza Hospital Barge" has now been fully refurbished and equipped with medical equipment by Perenco. The barge provides the communities along the three rivers with medical and dental services and will also have a fully equipped medical laboratory. The "Pastaza Hospital Barge" will be staffed with 17 medical personnel who plan to visit each of the 86 communities at least every 40 days.
The launch of the Health Barge was very well received by the local population and was widely covered by the Peruvian local and national media.