The Country Health Plan was presented this Wednesday in Zulia with the participation of various doctors and deputies of the National Assembly seeking a solution to the health crisis affecting the region.
Dr. Dora Colmenares, representative of the College of Physicians of the state of Zulia, explained, “we are working with an interdisciplinary team to make a diagnosis of the Zulia region, where the complex humanitarian emergency has entrenched.”
The doctor, Marlene Esis, said, “we must restore primary health care, reduce and attack disease, develop a finite strategic surgical plan and retrain doctors and nurses. We need to get our doctors back.”
“Zulia State has 67 outpatient clinics. We are also analyzing the Barrio Adentro, of which there are 51 in the state and have 15 operating rooms and only 3 are functioning,” warned Esis.
In this regard, she said, “we must ensure provision of medical and surgical supplies, in addition to improving the economic situation of health professionals.”
“We must activate priority public health programs such as vaccination. We must also set up a contingency plan for the automobile fleet because we don’t have ambulances,” added the doctor.
She also stressed that “the units for registry and control of statistics and of nutrition and dietetics should be adapted. Humanitarian aid is important, but also the support of the state. We need attention and political will.”
For his part, Congressman Juan Carlos Velazco, stressed “here are men and women who already have programs and strategies to implement to solve the problem of the health sector.”
“We are going to listen to the regions and to all the sectors involved in order to apply the best strategies for the recovery of the health sector,” said the parliamentarian.
During the meeting, Dr. Nixon Villanueva proposed a reform of the health system. “I think that the most appropriate model for initiating change in the medium term is a mixed system, where the population that has the capacity to seek private service can do so.”
“The public system must be obliged to attend to the extremely poor population with quality and guaranteeing services, with auditing and health control,” he said.
In this sense, Dr. Jesus Pereira added that “the health problem is not solved with money alone.”
“We have the responsibility to carry out this plan. We must integrate universities, medical schools and sociology schools to see how we can recover those assets,” he concluded.