“This is a heartfelt and painful tribute to parents, children, siblings, grandparents, husbands, friends who fought on the front line against the deadly virus (COVID-19), but also against the laziness, the corruption that collapsed the healthcare system and created a Complex Humanitarian Emergency”, with these words the President (e) of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, began his speech in the homage to the Health Heroes who died in the exercise of their duties.
At the Venezuelan Medical Federation, located in the city of Caracas, the activity took place with the assistance of doctors, nurses and deputies of the National Assembly, and was marked by the unveiling of the photographs of the more than 130 martyrs who died because of the coronavirus and which will remain as a symbolic monument in memory of each one of them.
In his message, Guaidó thanked those who gave their lives in the battle against the pandemic, but also those who are standing up to save thousands of Venezuelans despite not having the minimum conditions of biosecurity and living in the flesh the departure of a colleague, family member or friend.
“Thank you for resisting. Thank you because every day you come to the healthcare centers to exercise your vocation in a war situation despite the fact that the mortality rate of healthcare personnel is 30%. The best tribute we can make today is to recognize the martyrs, but it is also the best tribute to support the work that the healthcare sector does”.
To the families of the doctors, nurses and health personnel honored, he said that Venezuela does not forget their sacrifice, strength, courage, and integrity that they have demonstrated.
The re-elected President of the National Assembly said that the regime would rather put in jail a maxillofacial surgeon, who claimed his rights in a gasoline queue to go to work, than protect the health sector.
Given this situation and in contrast to it, he recalled that from the Presidency in charge and the National Parliament efforts have been made to provide care to doctors, nurses and healthcare workers through the donation to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), and more recently with the payment of the Heroes of Health bonus, which he said he is aware is not enough, but it is a significant help compared to the $4 per month that nurses earn, for example.
He denounced that today Venezuelans are ‘panicked’ to go to a hospital because they do not know if they will be treated as ‘bioterrorists’, or as a citizen who needs medical assistance.
As part of the homage to the deceased Health Heroes, President (e) Guaidó, the Venezuelan Medical Federation and the Venezuelan Nurses Association made an offering, while Father Wilfredo Corniel raised a prayer for the eternal rest of each one of those souls.
The President of the Interim Government asked Venezuelans not to get used to the tragedy, but to raise their voices, exercise their rights and stand firm against the dictatorship.
“The enemy is in Miraflores usurping functions, not in the queues. Maduro is defeated politically, socially and internationally. Now we have to defeat him in the streets, on a daily basis”.
Guaidó recalled that “there is a route and a strategy,” for which he asked not only for support, but also for accompaniment. He stressed once again that in Unity they have defeated the dictatorship, and that this opportunity will not be the exception.
“We committed to the healthcare sector and we complied with them, and you may rest assured that we will comply with Venezuela. We are strong, powerful and determined”.