VP: Tracheal cannula does not prevent Chávez from communicating
The vice-president asserted that Venezuela's Hugo Chávez "relies on his loyal people"
Maduro remarked that "the very first 40-45 days, the day of the surgery, and the following days were been quite difficult" for the Venezuelan leader, who has been following a highly complex treatment.
The vice-minister reaffirmed that the Venezuelan head of state has issued orders even though he is convalescent. According to Maduro, the tracheal cannula Chávez is using does not prevent the leader from communicating. He also stressed that in Venezuela there is a legitimate Government led by Chávez.
Maduro underscored there are certain aspects that allow the president to continue to be in command: firstly, his condition of "legitimate leader of the revolution;" secondly, the fact that he is surrounded by "a group of men and women subordinated to his leadership;" and, finally, that the president "relies on his loyal people."
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
Let us start by looking at what appears to be a discrepancy in figures. According to official statistics, the number of Venezuelans contracting HIV/AIDS every year amounts to 11,699; and as per Ministry of Health figures 43,805 people receive free antiretroviral medications. But Jhonatan Rodríguez, the president of ONG StopVIH, claims that these figures date back to March 2012, and that they are quoted as current figures.