According to a statement released by the president of Peru on Thursday, the country’s Minister of Health resigned in the wake of criticism over her management of a dengue epidemic that has resulted in at least 248 deaths and around 147,000 infections.
According to a tweet that was made on the Twitter account for the Peruvian presidency, President Dina Boluarte welcomed Rosa Gutierrez’s resignation and pledged to “redouble all efforts to bring quality health care” to all of the country’s residents. This was said in the post.
During a meeting with congressional representatives in which she was being questioned about how she handled the dengue outbreak, Gutierrez made her resignation announcement.
After attributing the spike in dengue cases on high temperatures and rainfall in the first quarter of the year, she was met with calls for her resignation from a number of different groups.
According to the Pan American Health Organization, Peru has the second-highest dengue fatality rate in Latin America behind Brazil, with cases overwhelming hospitals in the northern part of the nation this year. Brazil has the highest dengue mortality rate in the world.
Dengue is a disease that is native to tropical regions and is characterized by high fevers, headaches, nausea, vomiting, and soreness in the muscles. In the most severe instances, dengue can produce hemorrhages, which can ultimately result in death.
In 1984, it was discovered for the first time in Peru, where it has since become an endemic disease.
In April, the World Health Organization issued a warning that the effects of climate change are causing diseases like dengue fever and other illnesses that are transmitted by mosquito-borne viruses to spread much more and much farther.