National Assembly Deputy Manuela Bolívar reported that the delivery of medical supplies by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is thanks to the efforts of the parliament and the interim government following the safeguarding of funds rescued from the hands of the corrupt regime. She added that this cooperation agreement has the backing of multilateral organizations that will validate the transparency of the process with high technical standards.
“In principle, efforts will be directed at those states where there are mayor outbreaks of COVID-19 cases, such as Zulia, Apure, Bolívar, Táchira and the Capital District. All of this was possible thanks to the protection of assets rescued from corruption in order to be able to buy medical supplies that seem like basic things, but in the country’s hospitals there are none: gauze, adult and pediatric nose pieces, helmets, mask covers, nitroglycerin, gowns for patients and doctors, Teflon venous catheters, disposable electrodes, among so many other shortages in the health centers.
Bolivar emphasized that the granting of funds to PAHO is not only to attend to the humanitarian emergency but also to combat the pandemic, since these funds will be able to safeguard the lives of the beneficiaries of the Heroes of Health program and other medical personnel who are fighting in the hospitals. She recalled that PAHO is an organization attached to the United Nations (UN)
She also pointed out that Venezuela has the highest rate of death of doctors per patient and this requires that everything that is done is aimed at protecting them.
Bolívar said that the “Heroes of Health” program is unprecedented in the country and the region and has a structure of high standards in relation to transparency and allocation of the benefits. “Let it be clear, it is not only for the doctors, but also for the nurses, stretcher bearers and all the health personnel who are in the front line of the battle against the COVID19.”
Finally, Bolivar stressed that all this effort is thanks to the policy of rescuing the country’s assets together with the allies of the international community.
“We must guarantee the supplies to protect our health heroes and continue promoting international cooperation in order to support and expand the programs that exist today. Today we thank PAHO and are confident that with transparency and applying humanitarian values in the implementation of these programs we will be able to benefit more people. We are convinced that our mission is to save lives.”