CARACAS.- A plane with 32 tons of medical supplies, obtained thanks to international aid, landed this Sunday in Venezuela “to help save the lives” of citizens and “correct the precariousness of the health system,” said the deputy and Special Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid, Miguel Pizarro.
“Today, Sunday, November 22, 2020, a plane from Paris arrived in the country, sent by the international donor community, with 32 tons of health supplies,” reads a statement from Pizarro and distributed by the team of the interim president, Juan Guaidó.
The supplies include personal protective equipment, “hospital kits with essential supplies”, masks, soaps, eye protectors, as well as “nutrition supplies and supplies for the immunization campaign.”
“Humanitarian aid is in support of the country and reaches Venezuela as a result of the solidarity of governments and multilateral organizations,” added Pizarro, appointed by Guaidó as commissioner for the UN and for Humanitarian Aid.
For this reason, he thanked the international donor community and humanitarian agencies “that continue to make it possible for this aid to reach Venezuelans.”
Taking advantage of the fact that the airports in Venezuela returned flights to the Dominican Republic and Mexico, the US embassy in that nation recommends that US citizens leave the country as soon as possible.
“At the same time, we recall that the humanitarian space and humanitarian principles: equality, neutrality, impartiality and operational independence, must be respected; and the attempt at propaganda and manipulation must be condemned,” the legislator stressed.
The interim government condemned on November 4 in a statement the alleged use that, according to the complaint, the Government of Nicolás Maduro has made of the aid received by Unicef to promote the political campaign of the ruling party in the face of the legislative elections of December 6 .
In addition, Pizarro warned on that occasion that the use of humanitarian aid to carry out political propaganda goes against humanitarian principles.