Doctors Without Borders withdraws collaboration with Venezuelan hospital :: La Prensa de Lara

Reuters | THE PRESS OF LARA.- Doctors Without Borders (MSF) will withdraw from a collaboration program with a Venezuelan hospital to treat COVID-19 patients due to restrictions on the ability of specialists to enter the country, the NGO said on Tuesday.

Doctors without borders He said that the restrictions made it impossible for the organization to operate at the Ana Francisca Pérez de León II hospital, in the poor neighborhood of Petare, east of Caracas. He also said that he would maintain programs at the Vargas hospital, also in the Venezuelan capital, and in some facilities in other parts of the country.

“Although the international team has been replaced almost entirely by qualified Venezuelan personnel and remote consultations, we need specialized personnel on site who are familiar with MSF processes,” said Isaac Alcalde, MSF general coordinator in Venezuela, in a statement. .

MSF said it had not received a response to its requests to the Venezuelan authorities for work permits for its specialists.

Venezuela’s Information Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Venezuela has reported 100,143 cases of the new coronavirus and 873 deaths.

With information from: Reuters

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