Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva said on Tuesday that the Portuguese government has no record of deaths of national citizens as a result of the bankruptcy of the health system in Venezuela, but admitted that they may have occurred.
"We do not have a Portuguese death register that has been expressly communicated to us, but of course given the size of the Portuguese population residing in Venezuela, there will certainly be some deaths that could have been avoided if health conditions were better" , said Augusto Santos Silva.
Accompanied by the Portuguese Secretary of State for the Portuguese Communities, José Luís Carneiro, and the Secretary of State for Health, the Minister for Foreign Affairs attended in Lisbon, by videoconference to the Portuguese consulates of Caracas and Valencia, the signing of the Charter Commitment for provision of health care to the Portuguese community in Venezuela.
The project is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and consists of a partnership with three entities of the Portuguese Venezuelan association: Portuguese Center of Caracas, Civil Friends Association of Our Lady of Fatima and Portuguese House of Aragua State.
Free access to medical consultations and complementary diagnostic tests are two aspects of the project, which will be accompanied by the Portuguese Embassy in Caracas and by the consulates-general in the Venezuelan capital and in Valencia.
Augusto Santos Silva stated that, "unfortunately, the health situation in Venezuela has deteriorated immensely". The official stressed that the national executive has given the Portuguese community in Venezuela, estimated at about 300,000 Portuguese or Luso-descendants, "consular, medical, social and sanitary support."
Asked about the cost of this project, Augusto Santos Silva said that "it will cost what it takes", while José Luís Carneiro stressed that "in the set of all the support that the State has made available, both in Portugal and in Venezuela, already far exceeds the 20 million euros made available in support of the various needs of the Portuguese in Venezuela. "
The answer can reach "several hundred Portuguese who request the support", who, "to benefit from this support, it is necessary that they resort to the Portuguese associative movement in Venezuela", and may also address the consulates general, said José Luis Sheep.
Under this project, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with Health, will continue to provide medicines to Portuguese or Portuguese-descendants based in Venezuela.
Since 2017, two years after the social, political and economic crisis erupted in Venezuela, Portugal sent more than 600 kilograms of medicines "through its own channel", delivered to "447 families" by March of this year.
Venezuelan health expenditures in Venezuela have declined in this country, which has resulted in fewer medical consultations, lower hospital bed occupancy rate and inadequate vaccination campaigns.
In 2013, the Venezuelan government failed to disclose mortality statistics and a study by the National Institute for Demographic Studies of the Panthéon-Sorbonne University of Paris revealed that, in addition to an increase in the incidence of infectious and parasitic diseases, infant mortality has increased, have access to medication and the nutritional status of people has deteriorated.