Correspondent in Caracas
Nicolás Maduro yesterday announced the arrival of 1,200 additional Cuban doctors to attend to patients affected by the coronavirus. He also affirmed that he would like to live in Argentina and facing the presidential elections he said that Donald Trump would leave power before him.
The Venezuelan state television company broadcasted the radio program “La Pizarra”, hosted by the Spanish Alfredo Serrano Mancilla, linked to Pablo Iglesias de Podemos, where the head of the autocrat regime spoke about his experience in the pandemic and other political issues.
He expressed his satisfaction with the radio program: «I shared our experience, in which completely free and personalized quarantine, screening, treatments and hospitalization allow us to contain and cut the transmission chains of the Covid-19. It is the correct formula! »
He also said that Venezuela registers only 227 people infected with the coronavirus and 9 deceased. “We are in combination with the scientific centers of China, Cuba, the World Health Organization (WHO) and we have a battery of treatments, each case is given a treatment.”
He assured that the national health system has more than 25,000 family doctors in the Barrio Adentro system, “founded by Commander Chávez, we went house to house and we have visited more than 140,000 of the 150,000 people who presented symptoms.”
He said that there is a guarantee of hospitalization: «We have more than 23,500 beds prepared in public hospitals that we have called« sentinel hospitals », we have the Comprehensive Diagnostic Centers (CDI), which are like popular clinics, we have more than 534, as well as private clinics ». In this sense, he explained that it works jointly with the private sector “First time we work in a harmonious, collaborative way.”
However, Maduro’s figures contrast with the daily survey that the Interim President Juan Guaidó’s medical health team in which it is indicated that the hospital infrastructure does not have 23,500 beds but only 84 and the staff does not have the necessary protection material such as masks, alcoholic gel, and respirators.
It is surprising that he hires another 1,200 Cuban doctors when there are already about 25,000 Cubans in the country and despises Venezuelan doctors.
Maduro doubts who will come out of power first, whether he or Donald trump ahead of the presidential elections. He also said that he does not mind being called a dictator, that label “slips him.” To another question he said that he would like to live in Argentina. But he did not comment on the fact that the United States justice has offered 15 million dollars as a reward to whoever facilitates his capture on drug trafficking charges.