The deputy and presidential commissioner for health and health care for migrants, José Manuel Olivares, denounced that there is an intentional under-registration by Nicolás Maduro’s regime to hide the true number of deaths in the country. According to his records, the total number of deaths by Covid-19 is 438, “more than double the number announced by the dictatorship.”
The representative of the National Assembly said that deaths from coronavirus among health personnel amounted to 58. In the last week, 21 deaths were reported. In Venezuela, the mortality rate in the health sector is the highest in the region at 26%, “deaths that occurred because there are no medical protection equipment in the health centers.
Olivares indicated that 62 percent of emergencies nationwide are occupied and 61 percent of intensive care units are collapsed. The doctor explained that in the case of Tucupita, in the state of Delta Amacuro, infected patients have to wait more than 24 hours for a transfer. Not only is there a shortage of beds in the intensive care unit, but there is also no gasoline or ambulances.
“At the same time we see how the dictatorship’s cronies have access to the Hospitalito de Fuerte Tiuna, where there is no lack of medicine and there is intensive care. They also have access to the Coche Hospital, which is reserved for an exclusive group of military personnel while Venezuelans die waiting for a transfer and without receiving medical attention,” he said.
The Venezuelan capital does not escape this reality. The congressman warned that although Caracas is the city with the greatest hospital capacity, the emergency and intensive care units are about to become saturated.
Hospital Pérez de León II: 90% of the emergency area occupied.
Victorino Santaella: 67%.
Domingo Luciani: 100%
Vargas Hospital: 100%.
University Hospital of Caracas: 85%
Magellan of Catia: 88%
Miguel Perez Carreño: 100%
The commissioner added that several countries in the region managed to increase the capacity of health centers, while in Venezuela nothing has been done to address the pandemic beyond para-police use.
“In four months of quarantine, Maduro preferred to buy election machines than to build capacity by investing in more hospital beds. They are not going to stop the virus with improvisation and lies. Populist decisions, bullets and the FAES are not the way to fight the coronavirus. The strategy must be information and the massification of tests,” he said.
Olivares reiterated that Venezuela is the Latin American country that performs the least number of PCR-type tests. In this South American country there are only two laboratories controlled by Maduro’s regime for the analysis of the tests. In Chile there are 113 laboratories, in Peru 19, in Colombia 106. “In Delta Amacuro there are 720 Venezuelans who have two weeks waiting for the results of their tests and in Anzoátegui, another group has 18 days waiting for the results.”
On the situation of the political prisoners and the confirmation of the presence of the virus at the Sebin headquarters, Olivares pointed out that should be applied the humanitarian and liberation measures for all the prisoners, who are also innocent, as well as the visit of a commission from the Inter-American Human Rights System. He also referred to the situation in the hotels and shelters where they keep the returnees, whether they are positive or not: “We have received reports of torture, rape and robbery, we insist on the National Emergency Government to build solutions for all Venezuelans”.
The Commissioner concluded by calling on the National Armed Forces to guarantee Venezuelans not only democracy and freedom, but also an adequate and dignified health system, in order to save lives during the Covid-19 pandemic.