The Joint Commission of the National Assembly (NA) for the Follow-up and Care of COVID-19 presented this Tuesday in an Ordinary Session, the preliminary report of the virus that includes initial projections and the measures that should be taken urgently in the country.
Among the measures proposed are the provision of specific personal protection equipment (PPE), as well as the provision of alcoholic gel for 100% of the health facilities with the respective hand washing education policy.
Similarly, the document establishes re-engineering of health personnel for acute care and basic triage with simple protocols, as well as increasing mechanical ventilation capacity by 10 times the current capacity and the rescue of spaces and anesthesia units.
The measures also provide for the establishment of a respiratory safety corridor for all hospitals in the country, as well as the establishment of external fever clinics for outpatient management.
The report calls for a campaign to recruit health personnel (return of emigrants), using international humanitarian teams of high specialization. Establish an efficient telephone triage format and the creation of a social plan to support vulnerable groups in areas of high population density.
All these preliminary measures will be reviewed and developed by experts in the field and will be raised in the final evaluation.
Venezuela third most vulnerable country
Manuela Bolívar, Representative for the State of Miranda, reported that Venezuela is the third most vulnerable country to face the Coronavirus (COVID-19), because in addition to not having the treatment like other countries in the world, hospitals do not have water or electricity.
She said that 80% of the country has limitations in obtaining drinking water and that this happens because there were years of disinvestment in the water system. This was stated by the parliamentarian on Tuesday in a regular session, where she presented the preliminary considerations of the Joint Commission for the follow-up and care of COVID-19.
“We have years with a collapsed hydraulic system, just like the electrical system, 90% of the states have electrical failures and from this, hospitals are not exempted, therefore, isolation is key to stop the speed of contagion or infection, but when the patient arrives at the hospital and there are no basics to attend to him, for example, the nurses do not have water, they do not have a mask, gloves or enough alcohol, not even disinfectant, we are in total vulnerability”, she added.
Venezuela must have a wide humanitarian space to help the people
In view of this situation, Bolivar requested from the NA that Venezuela have a wide humanitarian space so that both the agencies of the United Nations Organization (UNO) and the international organizations can transit through the country with their logistics without fear of being raided or persecuted, in order to offer help to the Venezuelan people.
“To achieve this we are coordinating with international agencies and promoting what we have and what we don’t have in terms of supplies, so that this cooperation is broad,” she explained.
She said that today the epidemiological bulletin is required to know the cases well, since Venezuela suffers from opacity in the data, “incomplete sentences are offered, for an epidemic there cannot be political control but information so that the citizens can prepare themselves. She emphasized the need for a broad humanitarian space.