In the supermarkets, the shelves remain empty, the government and the Opposition deliver fight a fierce power, due to the extreme crime, hardly anyone dares in the evening on the road.
Venezuela is in a deep crisis. Now, scientists are sounding the Alarm, because in the South American country, many infectious diseases are again on the rise.
The public health system has largely collapsed, numerous doctors have left the country, prevention programs have been set. This has meant that in recent years, diseases transmitted by insects, and quickly were able to spread, as it is called in a in the journal “Lancet” published a study. These include Malaria, Dengue fever and Zika Virus.
the number of malaria infections by almost 30,000 in the year 2010 is over 411.000 in the year 2017 has increased. “The increase of cases of malaria, could soon become uncontrollable,” warns one of the lead authors of the study, Martin Llewellyn of the University of Glasgow. You mention about the decline in combating the mosquito populations, and the lack of medicines as the reasons for the increase in infections. “Given the lack of Monitoring, diagnosis and prevention measures, these Figures estimate is very likely the real Situation.”
Malaria is one of the world’s most common infectious diseases. The pathogen is transmitted by mosquitoes. The disease initially manifests by fever, head and body aches as well as diarrhea and if left untreated can be fatal. According to the world health organization (WHO) sufferers in 2017 to approximately 219 million people in 90 countries of the world, Malaria, 435.000 people died from it. The majority of fatalities are children under five years of age.
Also, the number of cases of Dengue fever and infections with the Zika Virus have increased, according to the study. “The re-emergence of numerous infectious diseases leads to a public health crisis in Venezuela and the regional efforts for the eradication of diseases could undermine,” write the authors of the study.
Venezuela was considered a pioneer in the fight against infectious diseases in the Region and has long held a solid public health. In 1961, Venezuela was the first country that was declared by the WHO for malaria-free. For some years, and suffers once a country is rich, however, under a severe supply crisis. Due to lack of foreign currency in Venezuela can introduce hardly any food, medicine, and hygiene items.
“The situation is critical: We don’t have drugs, we have no Material,” said the internist Ana Vielma from the hospital Algodonal in the past week in protests in Caracas. They demanded that the government of controversial President, Nicolás Maduro, is to let the humanitarian aid provided in the country.
On the border with Venezuela, food, medicines and hygiene items for the needy population. However, Maduro will not let the supplies, because he thinks it’s a pretext for military Intervention. The self-appointed interim President, Juan Guaidó want to get the goods on the weekend, along with Thousands of helpers into the country.
“We don’t even have chlorine, to clean,” said Mauro Zambrano of the hospital Union. “Therefore, the bacteria multiply. The patient will come in with a disease in the clinic and go with a different out of it.”
The health crisis in Venezuela could lead to a Problem for the whole Region. Around three million people have already fled abroad. Last year, around 5500 Venezuelans have left per day on average, your home – often you are likely to have diseases in the neighbouring countries took. In the Brazilian border region of Roraima, for example, the number of introduced malaria cases between 2014 and 2017, doubled.
“We call on the members of the organization of American States and other international institutions to increase the pressure on the Venezuelan government to accept the offered humanitarian aid,” said a scientist, Llewellyn. “Without the efforts could be made in the last 18 years, progress in the field of public health care, soon to be undone.”