The Venezuelan health ministry and the state government of Merida have closed schools, prohibited large meetings and social activities, are providing free vaccinations, and conducting an informational campaign to prevent a significant outbreak of the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, in both Merida and nationwide.
Over the weekend Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez announced his government’s plans to manage a 50% stake in the national food distribution system by the end of this year. As part of the plan, the country’s Ministry of Food and Nutrition is set to release over 100 mobile ‘areperas socialistas’ to sell the Venezuelan people their popular corn-based tortilla at worksites nationwide.
In a nation where prior governments divested in national arts and culture, importing foreign values and traditions, the government of Hugo Chavez has taken a bold and necessary step to rescue and dignify Venezuelan identity through the arts.
Accompanied by young musicians from all over the country, President Hugo Chavez inaugurated Venezuela’s newest center for musical education and performance in the Los Caobos sector of the capital city of Caracas last Saturday.
On his weekly television and radio show ‘Alo Presidente’ yesterday, President Hugo Chavez announced the creation of the Mision Vivienda Venezuela, the Mission Housing Venezuela, as a strategy to solve the housing shortage in the country.
A new program directed at developing national agricultural production has successfully registered over 150,000 farmers interested in participating. The program combines both private and public funding to support domestic farming and distribution of food products.
Support for Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s response to the flood emergency is very high, and his general support has increased slightly. However, Venezuelan’s perception of the current state of the country’s economy is quite low, according to the latest polls by the Social Investigation Group XXI (GIS).
On Sunday President Hugo Chavez announced that the state-owned Vtelca, which manufactures the subsidised and very affordable ‘Vergatario’ phone, will now also manufacture a phone designed for blind people.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro met on Monday with the Ecuadorian Foreign Minister, Ricardo Patiño, to evaluate the progress of their country’s bilateral agreements.
On his weekly television and radio program on Sunday, President Hugo Chavez announced more funding for emergency housing, including $500 million recovered from frozen U.S accounts. This followed a meeting on Saturday with tenant and dweller movements, who made various proposals and demands to the national government.
While the financial crisis has forced millions from their homes in the United States with no help from government agencies, Venezuelan President Chavez decreed a new fund this week to provide several billion dollars in relief aid for housing construction to help thousands displaced from the severe rains that hit the nation in late November.
Protecting the rights of renters will be a top priority of the Venezuelan government into the New Year, President Hugo Chavez announced last week during a ceremony held at Miraflores Presidential Palace.