Filven offers a conference on the health situation in Venezuela in the twentieth-century

In the framework of the activities that take place during the celebration of the XIV edition of the International Book Fair of Venezela (Filven), this Tuesday, the conference “Health Situation in Venezuela at the Beginning of the 20th Century” was held at the Central Library of the Yellow House Antonio José de Sucre in Caracas.

The conference aims to “offer the public in the Filven, a look at the important historical records in matters of public health and diseases, both national and international, preserved by the Foreign Ministry of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela”, as highlighted by the historian and professor of the Faculty of Humanities and Education of the Central University of Venezuela (UCV), Mike Aguiar Fagúndez.

In this sense, the historian made two timelines, the first one in national and the second in international matter, in which he stressed that since the colonial period until the beginning of the twentieth century, “there were no health or medical responses from the State, there was only one Health Board that was activated only in strong cases of epidemics such as the Spanish flu, yellow fever, cholera and bubonic plague in Venezuela”, said Mike Aguiar.

At the same time, he pointed out that Venezuela begins to participate in the Pan American Sanitary Conference which, during its eighth meeting in 1927, the member countries agreed and signed, “that all must have a Ministry of Health as an obligation, and if they do not have it, they should create it as soon as possible”.

“But it is March 1, 1936, when Venezuela created that institution under the name Ministry of Health and Social Assistance (Msas), and on July 22, 1938 it decreed the National Health Law”, Professor Aguiar said.

Finally, he made a call to the present public to preserve the historical archives and investigate the Venezuelan history in its different areas.

Photos: Oriana Manrique

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