United Nations System Evaluates Strategies to Strengthen Epidemiological Siege in Bolívar State

This Tuesday, representatives of the United Nations system residing in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela visited the Comprehensive Social Care Points (PASI) located in Santa Elena de Uairén, in the Bolívar state, in order to verify the health protocols applied to the nationals who return daily across the border with Brazil, and to strengthen humanitarian cooperation in the fight against COVID-19.

There were present, the resident coordinator of the UN in Venezuela, Peter Groohman; the deputy humanitarian coordinator of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Samir Elhawary; the representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Matthew Crentsil; and the representative of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Jorge Vallés. The visit was accompanied by officials from the People’s Power Ministry for Foreign Relations, attached to the Vice-ministry for Multilateral Issues.

The work agenda included a meeting with Governor Justo Noguera, and a visit to the Pemón people in the Gran Sabana.

During the meetings, the needs of the PASI in this border region were determined, as well as the possible response of the multilateral organization to strengthen the epidemiological fence.

Coordinator Peter Grohman highlighted the activation of an Intersectoral Plan for the Preparation and Attention to Coronavirus which will be focused on sanitation, water and management of pandemic shelters.

“This is going to be part of a larger humanitarian plan that is being carried out with the Foreign Ministry to address the full range of humanitarian issues in the country”, he reported.

He also specified that the aid provided by the United Nations has been used under international standards and impartiality.

“It is important that there is a certain independence in humanitarian work, attending to the needs of the people regardless of gender, political ideas or the peoples to which they belong.”

For his part, Governor Justo Noguera highlighted that due to the high sources of infection in Manaus and Boa Vista, prevention protocols and stricter security measures have been established, since historically there is a high consumption and commercialization of Brazilian food in this region.

In recent days, President Nicolás Maduro reported that the sanitary cord over the border towns with Colombia and Brazil would be expanded, since several of the outbreaks were originated due the transit of infected people at the border limits.

The Comprehensive Social Care Points are spaces conditioned to house the compatriots during the two weeks of isolation established by the Bolivarian Government for migrants who return to the homeland; this as part of the epidemiological fence activated to contain the spread of the virus in the national territory.

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