BOGOTA (Reuters) – The USA stated on Wednesday it’ll present hundreds of doses of HIV medicine to deal with Venezuelans in Colombia as a part of regional efforts to handle take care of hundreds of thousands of migrants fleeing the crisis-hit nation.
FILE PHOTO: Venezuelan migrant girls stroll by means of a camp run by the UN refugee company UNHCR in Maicao, Colombia Might 7, 2019. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez
U.S. Well being and Human Providers (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar instructed Reuters in regards to the choice in a telephone interview following a gathering this week of well being officers from 10 nations within the Colombian border metropolis of Cucuta.
The officers agreed to varied measures meant to assist the greater than four million Venezuelans who’ve left residence amid widespread shortages of meals and medication.
“After I was there I really signed a letter of intent with minister of well being Juan Pablo Uribe for the US to be offering HIV antiretrovirals to Colombia for the use with Venezuelan refugees,” Azar stated.
The United Sates will present 12,000 doses, an HHS spokeswoman stated, sufficient for a 12 months’s medicine for 1,000 migrants.
“We consider that its important to forestall the unfold of HIV/AIDS and to deal with those that have it as a result of with applicable therapy people who’ve HIV/AIDS can stay wholesome, lengthy, productive lives,” Azar stated.
Antiretrovirals are usually not a remedy for HIV, however can assist maintain the virus at bay and decrease the prospect of transmitting the illness.
Many Venezuelans dwelling with the virus that causes AIDS as soon as obtained free medicine. Provides dried up because the financial system unraveled, leaving sufferers to hunt therapy overseas or resort to questionable residence cures.
The disaster presents a spread of well being challenges for nations taking in migrants, from sufferers with continual circumstances who’ve lengthy lacked care to these needing emergency help.
In lots of hospitals alongside Colombia’s border, a majority of births are actually to Venezuelan moms, a lot of whom lacked pre-natal care.
Plans are additionally being made for rebuilding Venezuela’s healthcare system as soon as President Nicolas Maduro is not in energy, Azar stated.
The USA is amongst greater than 50 nations that acknowledge Venezuelan opposition chief Juan Guaido as his nation’s legit chief moderately than Maduro.
Guaido invoked the structure in January to imagine a rival presidency, saying Maduro’s 2018 re-election was fraudulent. Maduro alleges that Guaido is a puppet of the US.
Not like its neighbors, Colombia has not put in place stringent immigration necessities for Venezuelan migrants.
Colombia is residence to some 1.four million Venezuelans. A whole lot of hundreds of others reside in Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Brazil and different nations.
Reporting by Julia Symmes Cobb; Enhancing by Invoice Berkrot