“In Venezuela the pandemic is not under control,” affirmed this Monday the Congressman and Presidential Commissioner for Health and Health Care of Migrants, José Manuel Olivares, who added that the recent declarations of the regime’s spokespersons intend to create a false normality for political and electoral purposes. “Maduro lies. The truth of Venezuela is that our health centers are totally collapsed”.
The commissioner detailed that in the last week the attention capacity of the intensive care units worsened in the states of Sucre, Vargas, Anzoátegui, Monagas and Greater Caracas. In the Venezuelan capital there are no intensive care beds available to attend patients infected with covid-19. “The states of Bolivar and Delta Amacuro do not have intensive care,” he added.
Something similar happens with the emergencies in the country’s hospitals. The last few days have seen an increase in the occupancy of emergency rooms. In the states of Bolivar, Miranda, Sucre and Delta Amacuro these areas have already reached their maximum capacity. “This is the reality of Venezuela, the collapse of our hospitals. It is irresponsible to say that cases have decreased. There is no decrease in cases. If they report fewer cases, it is because they are doing less testing,” he denounced.
Likewise, the Congressman informed that the figures of the regime do not recognize at least 346 deaths per covid-19. According to his records, deaths due to coronavirus in Venezuela amount to 675. Of that total, 86 belong to the health personnel: “Our doctors have 30 times more risk of being infected than any other Venezuelan and 110 times more risk of dying than any doctor in the world”.
Olivares reiterated that Venezuela continues to be the country that performs the least PCR type tests in the region with only 6% of the total number of tests performed. In this sense, he showed a photograph showing the abandoned tent where the coronavirus tests were being performed at the University Hospital of Caracas. According to the parliamentarian, the tent has been inoperative for at least one month because there are no supplies for any kind of tests. “In Venezuela we could have 16 laboratories in five regions of the country doing between 6 thousand and 8 thousand tests daily and capable of giving results in 48 hours in order to provide a better follow up, verify infections and save more lives of Venezuelans,” he explained.
Regarding the plasma treatment announced by Delcy Rodriguez, Olivares said that in the national territory 71% of the laboratories work intermittently or do not work at all, so it is almost impossible to offer this treatment: “This new tool, which is available worldwide, cannot be used in Venezuela because Nicolas Maduro killed the health system.”