Venezuela’s "Inside the Neighborhood Mission" ("Barrio Adentro" in Spanish) saved more than 62,000 lives in the Metropolitan District of Caracas in 2009, a result of the healthcare services offered by the primary attention centers and the Integral Diagnosis Centers (CDI’s) that are a central component of the government program.
The mission’s Coordinator of Health Care Services in Caracas, José Luis Barrera, said that about 6,236,134 patients were treated in the more than 10 healthcare centers offered by Barrio Adentro. Additionally, 2,791,000 patients were treated at their homes and 23,643 underwent operations -- out of which 6,312 had major surgeries.
Barrera noted that high-priority medical cases were treated in consultations either in the popular medical centers or in operation rooms in one of the 13 CDI’s of Caracas.
The coordinator also said that the Metropolitan District of Caracas has 845 popular medical offices, 42 CDI’s, 60 integral rehabilitation centers, 50 optometry centers and 416 stomatology (dentistry) offices.
Barrera considers that beyond the figures and records of the six year-old mission, the major achievement for Venezuelans is to have access to adequate healthcare within their communities.
“The biggest satisfaction is to have all those services there, close to their homes, with easy, free and unlimited access,” Barrera said.
Ministry of People’s Power for Communication and Information, Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Press and Communications Office / January 6, 2010