Dr. Julio Castro warned that the health crisis in Venezuela is worsening as a result of the secrecy of Maduro’s dictatorship in handling key information and the improvisation with which they are handling the pandemic.
“It has never been said how many PCRs are done per day. The only official data we have is positive PCR results. Hospitals and clinics in Caracas, which is the area with the highest transmission, sometimes go two or three weeks without taking samples.”
The doctor explained that it is essential for the dictatorship to announce the number of PCR tests they are carrying out daily, since just by saying the number of positive cases they confuse people and make them believe that the pandemic under control, so people start to lower their guard.
On the other hand, he pointed out that the (quarantine) radicalization measures taken by the regime have been arbitrary, without taking into account the expert opinion of the country’s academic and healthcare sectors.
Regarding the vaccination plan, he commented “The truth is that there is no vaccination plan in Venezuela. They are supposed to be vaccinating exclusively healthcare personnel and you see people from the teaching sector who, in theory, are getting vaccinated. Nobody knows who has to be vaccinated or not. You see vaccine sales on the black market. All this is the consequence of not having a clear signal of which are the conditions, the norms and the methodology to vaccinate.”
Likewise, he explained that when the dictatorship blocks the entry of the AstraZeneca vaccine, it is limiting the number of units destined for Venezuela, since about 70% of the vaccines forwarded by the COVAX mechanism are AstraZeneca vaccines.
Castro also denounced that through PAHO Venezuela acquired antigen kits with the capacity to perform 8,000 tests a day, however, according to PAHO itself, these kits were taken to centers where patients with COVID-19 are not being seen.
“After three months we should be doing an average of 8,000 daily tests, (in total) only 21,000 have been done. In three months was done what should have been done in three days. The performance of those teams that are in the power of the Ministry of Health is far below optimal,” he lamented.