VP Maduro: Chávez is undergoing complex, hard treatments
Venezuelan Vice-President Nicolás Maduro, a few hours after returning from the island of Cuba, reported that President Hugo Chávez has overcome the post-operative stage, but now he faces another course of treatment to recover from his illness
"You know that we went through extremely complex times in December and January. Then, the whole post-operative cycle was completed and today the Commander is undergoing complementary treatments, which are extremely complex and hard," said Maduro.
"He is assimilating the spirit of battle, but these are complex treatments that should eventually lead to the completion of the course of treatment for his illness," he added.
Maduro reported on Chávez's health just hours after he returned from Cuba. He stressed that the members of Chávez's cabinet would continue to travel to Havana as long as the Venezuelan president is undergoing treatment in the island.
"We were there like we always do. We take turns permanently. Last week, it was (Congress Speaker) Diosdado Cabello's turn, who will surely go back (to Cuba) in the coming days. (Energy and Mining Minister) Rafael Ramírez and (Foreign Minister) Elías Jaua (were in Cuba as well.)"
He explained the purpose of these trips. "First, these trips allow us to take care of the Commander President's relatives: his daughters (...) This is a fundamental thing. We share with them and convey to them the permanent solidarity and strength from all the people of Venezuela. Secondly, we share and exchange views with the medical team and convey to them all the love and recognition from each of you, my fellow citizens."
He said that the medical staff taking care of Chávez" is available for the Commander around the clock. They talk to him, take care of his treatment and are aware of everything that he has been through."
According to Maduro, Venezuelan people are "supportive and loyal to Commander Chávez" amidst his illness.
Around 1.5 million Venezuelans have decided to emigrate in search of a better future for their families. The figure accounts to between 4% and 6% of the overall population. Approximately 88% of these expatriates have made up their mind to emigrate over the last 15 years.