The venezuelan pregnant women who cross over to Colombia in search of … – RADIO FENIX 95.1

Cross the border to receive medical attention due to the economic crisis of his home country, where the infant and maternal mortality are on the rise

Each time more and more women venezuelan pregnant women decided to cross the border to receive medical attention due to the economic crisis of his home country, where the infant and maternal mortality are on the rise, data that is recognized by the Ministry of Health of Venezuela

The belly of Dayana Zambrano is remarkably small for a woman nearly nine months pregnant.

The malnutrition suffered by the economic crisis, venezuelan, he was forced to move to Colombia for medical care, so that he could give light without it becoming a matter of life or death.

Traveled over 1200 miles by bus from Ciudad Bolivar in the east of venezuela, to get to Cucuta, Colombia. «Thank God my weight has increased and the doctor told me that the baby is well,» said the 21-year old woman.

«I just needed to grow up a little bit the lungs, because they were small», he added.

The decision of Zambrano to flee his country reflects the increasingly severe situation in Venezuela.

In the midst of the turbulent political and economic crisis in the bolivarian country, the infant mortality increased by 30.12% in 2016, with almost the 11,500 deaths of children between zero and one year of age.

The maternal mortality rate has shot up to 65%, according to the Ministry of Health of Venezuela.

Joselys Gray hair, 19 years old, you feel relieved because your son was born in Cúcuta, where he settled with his mother for a little over a year, after leaving Maracaibo, a venezuelan state bordering Colombia.

She said she was «very lucky, especially because there are no medicines there – there is nothing».

The number of patients venezuelans in the hospital has «increased exponentially», said its director, Juan Agustín Ramírez.

Between September and December of 2015, 655 venezuelans were treated there, compared to 2300 in 2016, and 1400 this year.

Chronic shortages

The pregnant women arrive without having received antenatal check-ups, he said, which means that they are automatically classified as risk patients.

«If we end up with a tragedy of major proportions -a shift of venezuelans – we will have to seek international assistance,» said Ramirez, to set up hospitals in refugee camp.

If Marbella Nino, 22, had delivered to Joshier in Venezuela, would have had to buy all the surgical equipment for cesarean section. Was not able to find the supplies, he said. But even if he had, the young mother said: «Truly, I don’t have the money to buy it».

The hospital colombian even gave him diapers for your baby, a rare find on the other side of the border. «I have preferred to give birth here, where you could be vaccinated and closely monitored,» he said.

Nino prepares to return to Venezuela in three weeks, and now is concerned about the chronic shortage of food and medicines in your country.


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