On the morning of Friday, February 15, a new official statement was released by the Venezuelan government regarding the health of President Hugo Chávez, who was also shown in photographs.
The photographs were delivered by Jorge Arreaza, the minister for science and technology, who arrived today from Havana, where he was visiting the president as he recovers from surgery.
For his part, Information Minister Ernesto Villegas indicated that President Chávez is totally conscious, and despite the respiratory infection he suffered, the head of state has a tracheal tube to manage the respiratory deficiency.
Since President Chávez began treatment in December, several officials of the Venezuelan government have addressed the country to inform citizens about his health.
YVKE Mundial/ Press- Venezuelan Embassy to the U.S./ February 15, 2013