Communication minister: Chávez faces a respiratory failure
Minister of Communication and Information Ernesto Villegas reported on the complicated health status of President Hugo Chávez and warned against an alleged psychological warfare that in his opinion seeks to destabilize the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and disregard the results of the presidential vote held on October 7
This was announced late on Thursday by Minister of Communication and Information Ernesto Villegas, who read an official statement to inform on the health status of Chávez, who is hospitalized in Havana, Cuba, accompanied by his closest relatives. Villegas stressed that the respiratory failure requires Chávez to adhere strictly to medical treatment.
"After the delicate surgery last December 11, Commander Chávez has faced complications related to a severe lung infection. This infection has resulted in respiratory failure requiring Commander Chávez to adhere strictly to medical treatment," read Villegas.
In a two-minute obligatory simultaneous radio and television broadcast, Villegas said the government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela was confident that the medical team "has closely monitored the patient's clinical course and has acted with utmost accuracy to address all the difficulties that have emerged."
Finally, he warned against a "psychological war unleashed by transnational media about the health of the Head of State, with the ultimate goal of destabilizing the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela; disregarding the results of the presidential vote held on October 7 and putting an end to the Bolivarian revolution led by Chávez. Such purposes are contrary to the firm unity of the Bolivarian Government, the organized people and the Bolivarian Armed Forces supporting the leadership and the political ideology of Commander Hugo Chávez."
As late as Tuesday, February 25, there was some visible response from Gabriela Ramírez's office. Representatives of the Office of the Ombudswoman would visit independent human rights watch groups to find what happened in connection with repression of protests. That day, they visited NGO Provea. The next day, they met with the attorneys of NGO Venezuelan Criminal Forum. They pursued specific data because -they argued- no claims of human rights violations of demonstrators had been filed with the Office of the Ombudswoman.