17 de junio de 2016 23:59 PM
Following a decision made by the Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ) declaring unconstitutional a special law approved by the Congress on May 3 this year to tackle a health crisis in Venezuela, Vice-President of the Committee on Social and Comprehensive Development José Trujillo stressed that with such legal instrument the Congress only intended to find a fast way to import medicines, for the “extreme scarcity facing Venezuelans is evident to the world.”
Trujillo labelled as an “obstacle for all nationals” the top court’s move blocking ways for medicines donations, adding that the country is going through “health genocide.”
During an interview with private TV channel Televen, the official explained that the Congress plan’s goal was to deliver consumables to the National Hygiene Institute –as usual–, as well as to ascertain their status to hand them over for free.
He further stressed that medicines shortage hits both the public and private sector, since 90% of inputs used by specialists and consumed by people are imported.
Trujillo added that insecurity, scarcity and lack of medical consumables are three elements making the local death rate rise. “The habitual indicator of mortality stands for the health deterioration we are living,” he highlighted.