And it came back with a vengeance, to the point that in 2013 Venezuela recorded 76,621 cases, the highest tally in the history of the country (well, at least since statistics began to be compiled).
He says the government simply stopped reporting the regular epidemiological reports that it had been publishing for years. The suspension came in late 2014, when Venezuela was on track to surpass the horrendous 2013 figures.
But it doesn’t stop there. According to Marino, not only is the government refusing to publish data, but they are simply not talking about the issue. There is no mention in the 750-page report from the Health Ministry to the National Assembly discussing the fight against malaria. There is no official policy on malaria eradication – no fumigation, no public awareness campaign, nada pana. No figures, no policies … no problem!
The Venezuelan government falsely claimed that malaria has always been present in Venezuela, but that they were engaging in efforts to erradicate it. Funny enough, when you Google “Venezuela campaña paludismo,” all the items you get are government news reports dating from November 2014, right about the time when they stopped publishing figures.
Malaria is one of those illnesses that affect the poor much more than the rich, harming rural areas more than urban ones – something to keep in mind when confronted with a propagandist who claims the Revolution “loves the poor.”
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