Chávez requires specific actions for respiratory failure
Venezuelan Minister of Communication and Information Ernesto Villegas said that "the patient (Hugo Chávez) is conscious and keeps in touch with his close relatives accompanying him at the moment"
Despite the delicate health condition of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez after undergoing a fourth cancer operation on December 11, his overall clinical progress "has been favorable and his respiratory infection is under control." However, the Venezuelan president requires "specific actions for his respiratory failure."
The information was released late on Sunday by Minister of Communication and Information Ernesto Villegas, who addressed the country in a mandatory nationwide radio and television broadcast.
"The patient is strictly following his medical treatment." "The president is conscious. He is in communication with his family and his political team and medical staff. He keeps abreast of any relevant information."
This is the government's first report on President Chávez's health state ever since January 7.
President Nicolás Maduro is not only the heir to the throne, but also to an economic crisis which demanded urgent measures to rectify the course. The crisis showed up in two aspects: a 50% inflation estimate, and shortage of staples ranging between 70% and 98%. These issues might hit the President's poor popularity; considering his feeble electoral victory of 1% over his challenger.