As part of the priority measures promoted by the President in charge, Juan Guaidó, and the National Assembly, in view of the arrival of Covid-19 in the midst of a severe complex humanitarian emergency in Venezuela, the Advisory Commission approved the creation of a joint commission linked to experts in the health sector appointed by the Office of the President together with the Commissions on Social Development and Administration and Services of the Parliament focused on the five lines of action to provide medical care to Venezuelans in all states of the country.
The creation of the mixed commission of the National Assembly together with the presidential commission, made up of a multidisciplinary team of scientific experts in this field, will help with the support of national and international organizations, to make visible the strategies in favor of contributing to minimize the actions of this virus, which for many, is seen as “a catastrophe for humanity”.
Support for international health organizations
During his intervention at the meeting of the consultative commission via streaming, Deputy Miguel Pizarro, Commissioner for the United Nations, indicated that with the World Health Organization (WHO), the Pan American Health Organization, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Federation of the Red Cross, among others, were they have affirmed the willingness of the National Assembly and the interim government to support any international call within the framework of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“In Venezuela we are caught by this pandemic in a context of humanitarian emergency, where 1 out of 3 Venezuelans suffer from humanitarian insecurity and cannot cover their basic needs and caloric intake, likewise, 8 out of 10 medicines are difficult to get in the country and furthermore, this pandemic reaches our country where the hospital system is weakened and destroyed due to bad decisions from a collapsed and outdated political model”.
The Special Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid said that Venezuela will only be able to respond to the pandemic if there is the political will to allow international actors to deploy in the field, as well as logistical coordination and protection of humanitarian personnel, and the relaxation of the humanitarian transport of food and medicines to occur and be carried within the country.
Cases of coronavirus could increase in Venezuela
Congressman Juan Carlos Velazco, vice-president of the Permanent Commission for Social Development, warned that the virus has a high virulence that in Venezuela we are not prepared to handle this type of epidemiological situation.
“The regime does not act responsibly in its record keeping and add the fact that in Venezuela there are no operational beds, there are no supplies or doctors, there is a deficit of nurses, the hospitals are not equipped, there are patients who go to the hospitals but as there are no reagents we cannot manage to have the record. The health system in Venezuela definitely doesn’t work,” he said.
As a result, he warned that Venezuela will have “a different behavior around the cases, WHO has its eyes on Venezuela, this week the peaks will rise, the organizations seek to erect retaining walls to stop the deadly virus.”
He questioned the measures taken by the regime against the virus: “We have to recognize that there are no protocols. We see how this regime unfortunately ignores the recommendations. The WHO outlines proposals to meet prevention restraints to the letter.”
Political prisoners vulnerable to the Covid virus- 19
On the other hand, Adriana Pichardo deputy for the state of Aragua, in her intervention at the consultative session, informed that the parliamentarians of the National Assembly, together with the relatives of the political prisoners in Venezuela, have begun a campaign that will be taken to all international organizations with the purpose of requesting a humanitarian measure of freedom for all the political prisoners in the country.
Furthermore, she noted that governments in other countries have begun to act on this issue, granting prisoners a release to house detention, because they have understood that they are vulnerable to the Covid-19 virus due to overcrowding in detention centers. “The call we are making from the NA is to demand a humanitarian measure for our political prisoners.”
The representative of the state of Aragua denounced the fact that Nicolás Maduro’s regime continues to persecute and kidnap political leaders and deputies, as is the case of the parliamentarian Renzo Prieto, who was deprived of liberty by the 13th District Court of the Capital District.
She also referred to Congressman Tony Geara, who on Saturday March 14th, Sebin officials took him away without a warrant from his home in the state of Bolivar, and this Monday night, March 17th, the Second Control Court of that entity ordered his deprivation of liberty: “In this situation of persecution, more than ever, it is necessary to raise our voices and demand this humanitarian measure to preserve the lives of all our political, civil and military prisoners.”