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Because of the crisis, Venezuela is already exporting diphtheria, measles and malaria



Venezuelans flee from their country. Photo: AP

The Venezuelan exile in search of better living conditions due to the economic and social crisis in their country leads to public health problems triggered by recipient countries in the region: Colombia, Brazil and, to a lesser extent, Ecuador, Peru and Argentina. , record cases of malaria, measles and diphtheria caused by the migration phenomenon.

A specialist in epidemics and infections, Julio Castro, told Televen's open television network, though these ills are under control in the aforementioned countries, alarms are highlighted in health systems because it implies additional spending in the budget,

"Damage, for example, already begins counting cases in the indigenous population of the Brazilian state of Rora. The figures show that between 30 and 35 percent of this population has symptoms of this virus.

Castro added that Venezuela had 35 percent of continental measles, with 4,000 people infected in the last 18 months.

The tendency is repeated with diphtheria, a disease that is not controlled by Nicolas Maduro and for which there is no official data.

In this regard, he warned that the authorities have blocked the national epidemiological bulletin for four years, which prevents the demographic diagnosis of diseases to fight them; From now on, available information comes directly from doctors who have their own account of the cases they serve.

The latest epidemiological bulletin published by the Mexican Ministry of Health corresponds to the last week of 2016, and its release in February 2017 was subsequently paid by the then Minister of Health Antonio Caporale.

The document came to light after more than 15 months of silence over the country's epidemics and had data that had already shifted the scandal: infant mortality rose by 30 percent compared to 2015, as 11,000 466 children per year died

Another dramatic fact in the bulletin was that maternal mortality rose by 66 percent, as 756 pregnant women died in the same period.

This is the latest report on such news, which means that about twenty months of silence, in the midst of the deterioration of the humanitarian crisis, is caused by the lack of food and drugs and the deteriorating high levels of inflation.

The epidemiological bulletin, published on a weekly basis, contained data on 72 reported diseases in the country.

The Head of the OAS Department of Social Inclusion, Bethel Muñoz, said last June that the Venezuelan migration crisis is a threat to the entire continent that requires a coordinated response from the countries of the region.

"This is migration a regional issue of risk and is a threat to the safety, peace, silence and health of the whole hemisphere. If we do not take control and give medicines and vaccines, we can have epidemiological epidemics," said OAS representative.

According to the United Nations (UN) calculations, about 2.3 million Venezuelans have left the country due to the political, social and economic crisis, of which nearly a million have settled in Colombia.


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