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dateline: 10 May 2017

Venezuela Releases Data on Health Crisis

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Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • reveal: to show something that was unknown before
  • malaria: a fever caused by a parasite that is transmitted by mosquitos
  • maternal: related to the mother
  • shortage: not enough to meet the needs
  • on the black market: via an illegal (underground) trading of goods
  • crisis: a major danger or difficulty

Venezuela Releases Data on Health Crisis

After two years of not revealing any data about its nation’s health, Venezuela has released a disturbing report. Since July 2015, malaria cases have increased by . There has also been a increase in maternal and infant deaths. Venezuelan citizens say that they are often turned away from hospitals unless they have their own supplies and medicine. With such a shortage of medical supplies, hospitals have also become a place for thieves. Many patients buy medicine on the black market because it’s the only way to get it. There is also a shortage of medical . In the past few years, 20% of medical professionals in Venezuela have left the country due to the health crisis.

Comprehension Questions

  1. How long has it been since Venezuela released data about its nation’s health?
  2. What does the report say about mothers and babies?
  3. Why does the report mention thieves?

Discussion Questions: Due to this ongoing crisis, many mental health patients in Venezuela have been unable to access the medication that they need. Why is this a major health care concern for the country?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub

Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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2 Comments on Venezuela Releases Data on Health Crisis

  1. Alberto says:

    If it is a shortage in the medicine supply it is only a matter of time that the number of deaths will increase sharply.

  2. Bijan says:

    Dear Tara,

    Firstly, I’m so sorry to hear bad news about Venezuela. I hope United Nations, its organizations and other countries to help Venezuela for resolving the problem.

    Secondly, this week news is easy and very understandable even if it is long.
    I could understand the subject of news without seeing the text in the first step.

    Thank you for choosing the best texts for students,

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