The Presidential Commissioner for Human Rights and Care of Victims of the Republic, Humberto Prado, commemorated this December 1st, World AIDS Day, at the same time, he said that it is “an opportunity to celebrate and support global efforts to prevent new HIV infections, expand awareness and knowledge about the virus and support people living with HIV.”
Prado reported that according to estimates by UNAIDS, an organization created by the United Nations (UN) to control Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), more than 120,000 people, including adults and children, suffer from this disease in the country.
In this regard, he denounced that the Ministry of People’s Power for Health (MPPS) has not published figures since 2016, where 7,882 new cases were reported.
Alberto Nieves, director of the NGO Acción Ciudadana contra el Sida, explained that in mid-2018 the MPPS had told the organizations that “in Venezuela there are almost 80,000 individuals in need of treatment” and then reported that the number had dropped.
In view of this, the Presidential Commissioner for Human Rights stated that this failure of Maduro’s regime only generates ignorance in the population and in the national and international organizations that can help.
“The State is in charge of providing free treatment to people who are infected with HIV, but not everyone has the same luck,” he added.
“That is why the Presidential Commission for Human Rights and Victim Care extends our congratulations to all the organizations in Venezuela and the world that fight to assist so many human beings living with HIV and AIDS, to them our sincere gratitude,” said Prado.