United Nations Commissioner Miguel Pizarro weighed in on the first Truth Bulletin: Conditions for attending Covid-19 in Venezuela.
The first official bulletin of the Legitimate Government responds to the obligation to communicate the truth to Venezuelan citizens in the face of the disinformation issued by the regime.
The following is the full statement:
As Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Commissioner for the United Nations, I am addressing the country today because of the imminent threat we face in Venezuela with the spread of the Coranavirus.
The lack of credibility of the State institutions kidnapped by the dictatorship, the fragility of the health system, and the scenario that has been present in the country for years, makes Venezuela one of the worst countries to go through a pandemic situation like the one we are living today.
For no Venezuelan is it a secret the state of the hospitals, the food insecurity, the use of the security forces as an executing arm for persecution and repression or the collapse of the economy due to hyperinflation. That this pandemic arrives in Venezuela in the midst of a complex Humanitarian Emergency where a third of the population suffers from food insecurity. For no Venezuelan is news that the regime tries to give the perception of control of a situation when it does not have it, and even when this really has surpassed the preparation of countries that are in ideal or much more favorable conditions than those in Venezuela. Nobody believes them.
We Venezuelans, besides facing this terrible scourge of health, must face the lies of usurpation, because today more than ever lies puts at risk the lives of millions of compatriots.
The dictatorship’s spokesman has tried to maintain an image of stability, talking about a health system that is “prepared and sufficient”, nothing could be further from the truth. The reality in Venezuela is that 62% of the hospitals do not have water or have intermittent water once a week, and there is also a 52% shortage of emergency medicines.
The reality is that there are not enough beds to deal with the epidemic. Beds in hotels do not have patient care protocols or personal protection equipment. Our doctors do not have the necessary supplies to treat these diseases.
This crisis cannot be overcome with false realities, the figures should not be made up. Venezuelans deserve to be informed, and this is a right that cannot be violated once again.
How we got here has only one culprit, the inefficiency of a political model. How we will overcome it and what the destiny of our country will be like however, depends on the measures that each one of us takes.
Understanding the seriousness of what we are experiencing today and the importance of not allowing political calculation to be above the lives of millions, from the Interim Government, President Juan Guaidó and all his representatives have made available teams of experts, health specialists, resources and all the diplomatic effort to coordinate mechanisms with international organizations, cooperation agencies and the international community to contain, address and mitigate the effects that the pandemic will leave in the country.
We also recognize that the measures to combat the virus are sensitive for a population that works to survive, whose greatest fear is having to choose between their health, their life and their salary. We ask them to take extreme preventive measures, and even if they must leave their homes, to do so with extreme caution. The risk is extremely high, we must be careful.
Today more than ever our solidarity, recognition and words of strength and support to the health union, who today work with their nails, exposing themselves to fulfill their work. They are heroes, they are the reflection of this Venezuela that does not surrender, this Venezuela where the good ones are more. Likewise, my recognition goes to all the workers in the area of food, journalists and media and those who are still serving the public.
Overcoming this pandemic is about saving lives. And today, saving lives depends on awareness, political will, solidarity, empathy, and humility. It depends on each of us.