Venezuela Sees Sharp Rise in Infant and Maternal Mortality
Because of the state of the government and the political scene the Venezuelan people are suffering. Data shows an increase in infant mortality and maternal death rates; from data two years ago women dying in childbirth is up 65% and child deaths are up 30%. There are a rise of other diseases because of the shortages from food to vaccines. “In a recent survey, three-quarters of Venezuelans say their health has plummeted, and that they are eating less than two meals a day. Many report losing an average of around 9 kilos (19 pounds).” Some people are forced to go to the Colombian or Brazilian border to buy medicine, food, and help if they need it. Brazil has had to deal with a large influx of refugees trying to seek health care. The conditions only will only get worse for the Venezuelan people until the violent demonstrators against the government of Nicolas Maduro force his resignation or until there are new elections.