Venezuela’s infant mortality, maternal mortality and malaria cases soar

The Guardian, 10 May 2017
Source: Reuters
“Venezuela’s infant mortality rose 30% last year, maternal mortality shot up 65% and cases of malaria jumped 76%, according to government data, sharp increases reflecting how the country’s deep economic crisis has hammered at citizens’ health. The statistics also showed a jump in illnesses such as diphtheria and Zika. In the health sector, doctors have emigrated in droves, pharmacy shelves are empty, and patients have to settle for second-rate treatment or none at all. A leading pharmaceutical association has said roughly 85% of medicines are running short.”
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