Venezuelan Exodus exports diseases | THE DEBATE


O crisis in Venenzuela generated a exodus of compatriots who emigrate to other countries in search of better living conditions, however, these migrants carry more than their dreams of a better life: they also carry diseases such as malaria, measles and diphtheria.

Julio Castro, an infectious disease doctor, told Televen that the countries that could be affected by these diseases are Colombia and Brazil, followed by Ecuador, Peru and Argentina.

He said that the Epidemiological Bulletin of Venezuela has been blocked for four years and the information that comes in comes directly from the doctors who handle the cases.

The doctor added that although such ills are controlled in the countries mentioned, health system alarms are lit and more costs are generated for them.

O measles for example, is already beginning to count cases in the indigenous population of the Brazilian state of Roraima. The numbers indicate that between 30 and 35 percent of this population has symptoms of measles.

He added that Venezuela reports 35% of measles cases at the continental level, with 4,000 cases in the last 18 months.

A situation similar to diphtheria that is not controlled in Venezuela and for which there are no official figures.

The crisis of Venezuelan migration is a threat to the entire American continent that requires a coordinated response from the countries of the region, said Efe Betilde Muñoz-Pogossian, director of the Department of Social Inclusion of the Organization of American States (OAS).

]Venezuelan migrants arrive from Ecuador

to the Binational Border Assistance Center in the region

north of Tumbes (Peru) EFE / Ernesto Arias

"That migration is a regional risk issue and poses a threat to the security, peace, tranquility and health of the entire hemisphere. If we do not take control and provide medicines and vaccines, we may have epidemic epidemics, "the OAS representative told EFE.

According to UN estimates, about 2.3 million Venezuelans left the country because of the political, social and economic crisis, and of these, almost one million settled in Colombia.

The final report of the OAS working group will analyze the situation of all the countries of the Americas that have received the Venezuelan diaspora, such as Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Panama and small island states of the English-speaking Caribbean.

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