The Presidential Commissioner for Health Emergencies and Migrant Health Care and Congressman, José Manuel Olivares, continued to warn about the collapse of intensive care and emergencies in the country’s main hospitals.
In the case of Monagas, the doctor said that there are no longer any rapid tests in the health centers: “It is a chaotic scenario because the rapid tests are the ones that allow us to make isolations and early diagnoses to control the spread”.
The deputy pointed out that 62% of the country’s intensive care units are occupied. Hospitals that have already reached 100% capacity include Calles Sierra and Van Grieken, in Falcon State; Agustin Zubillaga, in Lara State; Universitario de Maracaibo, in Zulia; Central de Maracay, in Aragua; Manuel Nunez Tovar, in Monagas; and Luis Razetti, in Anzoategui State.
“The collapse of the health centers is evidence that the 1,200 beds Jorge Rodriguez was talking about do not exist. In the country’s large hospitals there are only 133 ventilators… In four months of quarantine they preferred to buy voting machines rather than medical supplies to save the lives of Venezuelans,” he added.
Olivares reported that 52 percent of the country’s emergency care capacity is occupied. The Miguel Pérez Carreño, Universitario de Maracaibo, Domingo Luciani, Patricio Alcalá, Ruiz y Páez and Uyapar hospitals reached their maximum capacity.
The commissioner was pleased that the necessary resources were transferred from the Office of the President to the Pan American Health Organization to provide 31 hospitals in the country with medical supplies and protection for health professionals.
As for the total number of deaths from covid-19, the deputy noted that 275 people have died as a result of the virus. Of this figure, 30 were health personnel: “We are on the way to having the highest mortality rate of doctors in Latin America. Without doctors, who is going to take care of the patients in the health centers?”
“There is no solution other than to consolidate a National Emergency Government to rebuild the country and provide the hospitals… so that we can have the vaccine in Venezuela when it becomes available on the international market,” he ended.
— Jose Manuel Olivares (@joseolivaresm) July 27, 2020