According to Pedro Fernández, regional coordinator of the organization Médicos Unidos de Venezuela (United Doctors of Venezuela), the number of malaria cases in the country is increasing due to the lack of health policies to control this disease.
“We have a real malaria epidemic, especially in the state of Mérida. It’s affecting the merideños and it’s taking lives of merideños. We must attack it,” added Fernández.
The regional coordinator called on the Ministry of Health officials to promptly address the serious situation that the state has with the presence of malaria in the country, without having the necessary supplies to deal with the cases.
A disease that was eradicated in the past has returned with greater force in the country, according to Fernández.
By 2019, Venezuela will have more than 170,000 malaria cases, 8% of which will be in the state of Mérida, located mainly in the Pan American region.
Similarly, the Pan American Health Organization warned that out of every 100 malaria cases that occur, 29 are of Venezuelan origin.
By the first half of 2018, there was a malaria epidemic in nine states: Bolívar, Amazonas, Sucre, Monagas, Delta Amacuro, Anzoátegui, Nueva Esparta, Miranda and Zulia.
Similarly, the number of deaths exceeds 100 malaria patients.
Likewise, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that malaria mortality in Venezuela increased from 52 cases in 2010 to 456 in 2017, which is equivalent to an increase of 776.92%.
The opacity of information in terms of figures is part of the regime’s strategies, since the Mortality Yearbook has not been published since 2014.
The regime does not recognize the seriousness of the humanitarian crisis it has generated and therefore does not take the appropriate health measures to attack the return of diseases such as measles, leprosy, leismaniasis and others.
The increase in the number of malaria cases in the country undoubtedly increases the risk of transmission of the disease to neighboring countries, which are already being affected by the migration of sick Venezuelans.