21st Century Socialism collateral damage:
Infant Mortality Soars in Venezuela. With hospitals suffering a catastrophic lack of supplies, the country’s babies are dying at a rate higher than Syria’s
Venezuela’s overall infant mortality rate—defined as deaths within the first year of life—is currently 18.6 per 1,000 live births, according to the most recent government statistics. That is well beyond the upper range of 15.4 Unicef estimates for war-torn Syria.
Infant deaths in Venezuela remain significantly rarer than in the world’s most impoverished countries like South Sudan and Congo, but they are rising fast, while rates in those poorer countries have been falling.
You may recall that infants are placed on cardboard boxes due to the shortage of cribs and incubators.
Additionally, gangs of colectivos are attacking medical personnel who accept supply donations,
@Fausta @Almagro_OEA2015 GOLPEAN AL QUE PIENSA DISTINTO MEDICOS AGREDIDOS POR EL GOBIERNO pic.twitter.com/M3PeHLumdJ #VENEZ
— Elbichopopular (@elbichopopular) October 18, 2016
Related: Amid government silence, Venezuela’s microcephaly babies struggle.
There are reports of prison cannibal deaths.
Now that the government is easing price controls and inflation worsens, the shelves are full of unaffordable goods.
In case you are wondering, there ain’t gonna be no referendum.
Cross-posted at Wow! Magazine.
Judith L says
Gives new meaning to “It’s for the children.”
Puma By Design says
What a nightmare.
From the article: Venezuela was once held up as a model for health care in Latin America.
An examination of the data shows that Chavista Venezuela was never a model for health care, though propaganda claimed that it was. Chavez was elected in 1998, when the export price of Venezuelan oil was around TEN DOLLARS PER BARREL, and took office in early 1999. The price of oil was still around $100/BBL in 2013.
In general, Venezuela’s performance in health care is slightly below average compared to the rest of Latin America from 1998 to 2013. As such, Chavista Venezuela was a model for health care only in the eyes of its propagandists.
Life expectancy at birth, total (years) From 1998 to 2013, Venezuela went from 9th in Latin America to 12th in Latin America.
Mortality rate, infant (per 1,000 live births) From 1998 to 2013, Venezuela went from 6th in Latin America to 7th in Latin America. In 2016- much lower, though the Chavista government will never release such data.
Health expenditure, total (% of GDP) Venezuela went from 18th in 1998 to 17th in 2007 to 19th in 2013.
Incidence of tuberculosis (per 100,000 people) From 1998 to 2013, Venezuela went from 5th in Latin America to 6th in Latin America.
World Development Indicators Databank (World Bank)