This Thursday was organized by Plan País the meeting “Venezuela in Emergency, How to face COVID-19”, with the participation of Dr. Julio Castro, the deputies Manuela Bolívar, José Manuel Olivares and the presence of President (E) Juan Guaidó.
Castro, Technical Coordinator of the Health area, explained that they have talked to health organizations around the world to understand how to implement in the Venezuelan reality the plans that have worked in the world.
“Only an ethical government that cares about its people or knows how to take advantage of resources and use them in the most appropriate way is capable of balancing the inequalities in which Venezuelans are facing the pandemic,” he said.
He also explained that the nation’s situation led the interim government to sign the agreement with PAHO, so that it can have access to money to improve diagnostic capacity, provide protective equipment for health personnel and bring in supplies that will reduce the impact of Covid-19.
Castro reiterated that one cannot continue to depend on a single laboratory when there are six public and ten private ones with the capacity to improve early diagnostic capacity, which is essential for dealing with the pandemic.
“The reality is that today Caracas takes eight to nine days to know the results of a PCR, which makes it impossible to execute epidemiological control measures and therefore to control contagion,” he said.
Faced with this situation, he called on Venezuelans to take extreme measures in the midst of the exponential phase and a regime that is not capable of taking the necessary measures to protect the population and left it adrift.
All the spokespersons agreed on the need to continue working on an alternative that would allow us to face the pandemic in better conditions, and on the need to achieve a National Emergency Government that would bring together the best of the country in each area to rebuild Venezuela.
“We must appeal to the Venezuelan human resources, which have the capacity and the will. The great challenge of the National Emergency Government will be to achieve the conditions that will make all Venezuelan doctors return,” Castro concluded.
Venezuela is defenseless in the face of the pandemic
For her part, Manuela Bolívar, Political Coordinator of the Social Area of Plan País, raised the voice of Venezuelans who, after three months of quarantine, are struggling between going out to work and running the risk of contamination, or protecting themselves at home and dying of hunger.
“Venezuela today faces the pandemic in worse circumstances than the rest of the world due to the complex humanitarian emergency to which we were brought,” said the parliamentarian.
Olivares, a doctor and member of parliament, criticized the fact that the regime has decided to buy luxury cars or voting machines instead of buying ventilators in order to strengthen the health system, which is now run to the ground and overwhelmed not only by those infected with the coronavirus but also by patients with chronic diseases.
“Today we see with concern patients who are afraid to say that they have symptoms because they are taken by force by the FAES or the ‘colectivos’ to shelters in the worst conditions or who are ‘ruleteados’ (driven around between different places) to death because our hospitals do not have 5 out of 10 medicines that are indispensable to attend an emergency, because 80% of the CAT scan machines do not work, there is no way to measure arterial gases and we only have 250 ventilators in the whole country,” he said.
Both highlighted the need to provide the country with a solution, and the Legitimate Government has worked on this with the Plan País team.
Finally, President (E) Guaidó highlighted the efforts of the Legitimate Government and the Social Area Team of Plan País in the steps taken to try to strengthen the Venezuelan health system. However, he warned that this is not enough to face the pandemic in a country with a severe crisis as recorded in the last National Survey of Living Conditions.