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Venezuela Replaces Health Minister Following Release Of Report On Nation’s Worsening Health

Reuters: Venezuela Replaces Health Minister After Data Shows Crisis Worsening
“President Nicolas Maduro has abruptly dismissed Venezuela’s health minister days after the government broke a nearly two-year silence on data that showed the country’s medical crisis significantly worsening. Gynecologist Antonieta Caporale, who held the post for just over four months, was replaced by pharmacist Luis Lopez, the government said…” (Gupta, 5/12).

United Press International: Venezuela sacks health minister after damning report
“…The report found infant mortality rates had increased 30 percent and the number of women dying in childbirth went up a staggering 65 percent since the last time the government compiled data. It also found increases in preventable diseases like diphtheria and malaria…” (DuVall, 5/12).

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