Providing supplies and protective equipment to continue fighting COVID-19 on the front line is the best recognition and tribute that can be made to Venezuelan health personnel, ratified the President of Venezuela and of the National Assembly (NA), Juan Guaidó, on Tuesday during the online session of Parliament.
“Supporting and strengthening those who are doing the work to protect the people of Venezuela is the best tribute we can give them. We have provided alternatives and solutions that the dictatorship has denied time and time again, such as when it blocked and burned humanitarian aid, or denied the existence of the Complex Humanitarian Emergency because they generated it”.
At the closing of the presentation of the “Report of the Commission on Humanitarian Aid on the resources approved and the actions of the Government in charge of attending the COVID-19 crisis and recognition of all Health Heroes”, held in the ordinary session of the NA, Guaidó recalled that the National Assembly approved a direct transfer to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to help and strengthen the work done by doctors and nurses in the midst of a “collapsed” health system.
The resources approved for PAHO and the International Red Cross “were rescued from corruption to give aid to a country under dictatorship,” said the interim president when he announced last Saturday, July 25th, that the transfer order had been sent. He explained, at that time, that the support that will come to the health personnel “will not pass” through the hands of the dictatorship.
Information provided by the Board of Directors shows that the breakdown of resources is as follows: 13 million dollars go to PAHO, of which 10 million dollars come from the Federal Reserve of New York, and three million dollars from the Bank of Spain; four million dollars go to the International Red Cross; and three million dollars will be destined to reinforce Héroes de la Salud and thus cover the additional personnel registered in the program.
“What we can do from the national Parliament is to exercise the mandate given to us by the people of Venezuela to seek urgent and necessary change. Venezuela showed that it wanted change by 2015. Today the country and the region urgently need it. Is needed a National Emergency Government that is dedicated to serving Venezuelans, not to persecuting them or labeling them as bio-terrorists in a discourse of hate that degenerates into persecution, isolation and murder.”