Peru Plans a Hot Line to Battle Forced-Sterilizations

LIMA, Peru, SEPT. 2, 2001 ( A hot line will be available within a few days for people to report cases of forced sterilization and medical irregularities, a government aide said.

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Luis Solari de la Fuente, the new Peruvian Health Minister, explained that the telephone line will also be open to receive complaints about health agents´ mistreatment of patients, as well as inordinate fees, and lack of respect for patients´ rights, according to the ACI news agency.

Any reported irregularity will be thoroughly investigated, the Health Minister said.

Solari revealed that he has given orders for the examination of the Integral and Reproductive Health program being implemented in the Amazon area, financed with over $2 million by a foundation presided over by Ayako Sono, a Japanese citizen.

“To date, no explanation has been given as to why the foundation sponsors a program that, at first sight, seems to have been implemented to sterilize women of the riverside areas of the Peruvian Amazon,” the Solari said.

“We also detect that the majority of the personnel courses are connected with the surgical practice and that little training is given in integral health,” he added.

Sterilizations were a part of former President Alberto Fujimori´s population-control programs.

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