Venezuela receives new humanitarian aid shipments to fight COVID-19

Venezuela received on Wednesday, March 8, the first humanitarian aid shipment from the UN System and the second one from the Russian Federation to strengthen its preventive and control mechanisms to fight and prevent the COVID-19 pandemic, informed Vice President Delcy Rodriguez.

Rodríguez seized the opportunity to thank, on behalf of President Nicolás Maduro and the Venezuelan people, “the UN System, its secretary-general, Director-General of the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) Tedros Adhanom (…) and Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System in Venezuela Peter Grohmann.”

“I also want to thank the Russian Federation and its Ambassador Sergei Melik-Bagdasarov, who, despite the short time he’s been in Venezuela, has been very active in bilateral relations and cooperation,” added Rodríguez at the Simón Bolívar International Airport.

Strengthening education and health systems

The Venezuelan vice president explained that “this humanitarian aid provided today by the United Nations, UNICEF, WHO/PAHO and UNFPA is one of the biggest Venezuela has received. More than 90 tons of medical-surgical supplies, pediatric beds for our children.”

She stressed that Venezuela also received ” a significant number of medicines, facemasks, protection gear, and medical-surgical supplies, but I also want to highlight that this donation includes polio and tuberculosis vaccines so that Venezuela can continue conducting vaccination campaigns for our infant population.”

Rodríguez agreed with the W.H.O. by asserting that “we cannot put aside medical care to all sectors. As we are fighting COVID-19, we cannot abandon other vaccination processes, because they will help us fight not only COVID-19, but also other pathologies that may occur.”

She highlighted that Venezuela’s Health Ministry has designed a rigorous program to conduct house-to-house vaccinations campaigns.

The aid includes recreation and education kits to strengthen the “One House, One School” program. “School must not stop, even when we are observing a social, collective quarantine,” the Venezuelan vice president said.

These supplies will be used to strengthen the personalized, massive, early detection campaign launched by the Venezuelan government to detect potential COVID-19 cases and to step up the sanitary and epidemiological measures adopted to guarantee the Venezuelan people’s health.

Vice President’s Office

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