Monitor Salud Venezuela revealed this Wednesday the results of its last two investigations related to Cancer and Child Health in Venezuela.
As in the last 4 investigations, surveys were applied to cancer patients and children, together with their representatives, from 27 hospitals and areas near these health centers in three states of Venezuela, these were Zulia, Monagas and the Capital District.
On the subject of Cancer, 1077 cancer patients were surveyed to find out the socioeconomic situation, levels of hospital care, access to medicines and services.
Among the most important data, the study reveals that only 25% of those surveyed consume a complete diet appropriate to their condition; 24% an adequate diet 4-6 days a week; 45% only 1-3 days a week and 6% state that they do not consume the quantity and quality of nutrients necessary for their diet. These data reveal the difficulty of Venezuelan cancer patients to follow a diet consistent with the fulfillment of an essential variable for recovery, such as diet.
A large number of cancer patients suffer from multiple associated diseases, which have a greater degree of clinical complexity. In this sense, the study concludes that patients present as associated diseases: 36% heart disease, 18% diabetes, 10% diseases of the nervous system, 8% kidney disease, 8% lung diseases, 7% bone diseases, 7% skin diseases and the the remaining 6% indicate liver and biliary diseases.
The scarcity of economic resources reduces the possibility of cancer patients in Venezuela to regularly attend specialists. In relation to the frequency of specialized medical care for patients diagnosed with cancer, 10% referred to consulting their treating physician several times a month, 23% stated that they attended a consultation at least once a month, 17% once each three months, 13% of respondents twice a year, 17% once a year, 5% less than once a year, and 15% have attended once. It is observed that only 32% go once or never to the doctor after cancer treatment, this situation makes them very vulnerable to a recurrence of the pathology that could eventually be fatal.
Poor diet puts child health at risk of new generations of Venezuelans
For the investigation carried out by Monitor Salud Venezuela regarding Child Health, 1,298 children were surveyed along with their representatives, as on other occasions, the states where the instrument was applied were Monagas, Zulia and the Capital District.
Poor diet is a constant variable in the investigations carried out by Monitor Salud Venezuela, children’s health does not escape this reality, 87% of the children surveyed together with their parents, stated that at the time of the survey they had only eaten two (2) times in the previous 24 hours, 11% three or more times a day and 1% eat once or do not eat. As can be seen, the majority of Venezuelan children barely eat twice a day and, coupled with this inadequate diet, the risk of malnutrition and all the diseases that derive from it increases.
Failure to provide adequate nutrition goes hand in hand with the socioeconomic level of the families to which the children surveyed belong. The condition of unemployed and housework represent 54% of the total sample, while 17% report informal employment and only 29% correspond to formal workers.
Complications in pregnancy, was also part of the variables analyzed in the study, 700 of the mothers of the children surveyed reported complications during pregnancy, which represents 54% of the sample. These anomalies during pregnancy occurred in a country with a health system, such as Venezuela, which is going through a severe crisis that is not able to respond to this type of case, consequently, the health situation of the pregnant woman.
869 of the total of those surveyed (67%) had difficulty acquiring necessary medications during their pregnancy, only 23% did not report any inconvenience. Of those who expressed difficulty in obtaining medications, 63% stated that it was due to the high cost of these and 37% reported that it was due to shortage.
The percentage of vaccinated children was also obtained is very low, it can be observed that, of the vaccines administered to children, 15% correspond to BCG and 14% to anti-polio, then the pentavalent 11%, viral trivalent continues in descending order 11%, anti-hepatitis B 10%, anti-yellow fever 8%, anti-flu 6%, anti-hepatitis A 5%, anti-meningococcal 5%, anti-chickenpox 4%. hexavalent 3% and 2% prevenar13.