Peru Acquires Six Dornier Compact Sigma Lithotripters
On March 3, 2008, President Alan Garcia Perez, of the Republic of Peru, announced the acquisition of six Dornier Compact Sigma lithotripters for Peru during an unveiling held at the Presidential Palace. Through a United Nations tender, the government of Peru acquired these six lithotripters for their social security hospitals.
This bold acquisition will forever change the healthcare of Peruvians. President Perez stated that “this substantial acquisition will be a seal on the legacy that this government will leave for the future of the country.” This will be the first time a non-invasive treatment for kidney stones will be widely available in Peru. The impact of the newly acquired lithotripters for Peruvians is that a surgery that previously required 10 -15 days of recovery, has been replaced by a treatment of 45 minutes, in which the patient is able to leave by walking out on his own. President Perez further commented that lithotripsy “…is a saving of time and suffering for all of those that have problems with kidney stones.”
Three of the lithotripters will be placed in social security hospitals in Lima including Rebagliati, Almenara and Sabogal and Mongru. The remaining three will be placed at hospitals in other parts of the country including Lambayeque, Junin, and Arequipa.