Correa: Chávez's health problem is serious
"Undoubtedly, the problem is serious; the operation was really serious; we have been told that it was successful"
Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa reported on Saturday that the health problem faced by his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chávez is serious indeed. Chávez underwent on Saturday a fourth surgery against his cancer.
The Ecuadorian Head of State said during his weekly report that he could see Chávez "in good mood," during his visit on Monday in Havana, Cuba. "However, undoubtedly, the problem is serious; the operation was very serious; we have been told that it was successful," AFP quoted.
"Congratulations! Get well soon!" Correa exclaimed.
The Ecuadorian leader sent his "warm regards to President Chávez and all the Venezuelan people," adding that "the whole great homeland is with Venezuela and its president in these tough times."
President Chávez underwent the fourth surgery on Tuesday in Havana. In 2011 he was diagnosed with cancer. Now, according to Venezuelan Vice-President Nicolás Maduro, he is experiencing a "favorable" recovery.
About 210,000 Cubans have been to Venezuela until 2012, as part of an alliance established by Hugo Chávez. A number of agreements have enabled Cubans to take part in a wide range of government plans and social welfare, from health to national intelligence to security.