HOSPITAL BARGE B.A.P. PASTAZA
In November 2009, Perenco signed an agreement with the Regional Government of Loreto and the Peruvian Navy, to carry out a program of preventive and promotional health in extremely poor communities settled along the Napo, Curaray and Arabella Rivers, with the aim of reducing population morbidity.
For this purpose the barge Pastaza was refurbished and outfitted with material, equipment and medical staff (general practitioners, obstetrician, dentist, health technicians, laboratory technician and nurses) who sail on average every 40 days from Iquitos towards the Arabela River. Throughout its journey, the barge reaches more than 16 000 people from 96 communities.
Up today, the BAP Pastaza has accomplished 14 trips, making more than 69 000 free medical examinations, including infants vaccination, weight and height controls, parasitological examinations and treatments, dental extractions and prophylaxis in adolescents and adults, monitoring of pregnant women with complications, emergency attentions, among others.
In early 2012, the barge was refurbished, remodeled and equipped with a state of the art portable ultrasound for the diagnostic of thoracic, abdominal, renal diseases and the capacity of performing prenatal care of pregnant women in real time.
In July 2012, with the presence of President Ollanta Humala, the PAB Pastaza joined the Mobile Emergency Care System, administered by the Peruvian State, which will enhance and improve the provision of health services to local populations.