Comptroller General Office found that 27,000 syringes were damaged in
the warehouses of the Ministry of Health
"A man who has made a mistake and does not correct it, is making
another, bigger mistake." The Venezuelan government attested to the
statement attributed to China's philosopher Confucius. Months after
Venezuelans were surprised that more than 100,000 tons of food imported
by the Venezuelan Food Producer and Distributor (Pdval) were rotten and
stockpiled in several ports, the Venezuelan Comptroller's General Office
reported that thousands of pounds of medicines and pharmaceutical
products imported from Cuba by the Venezuelan Ministry of Health have
had the same fate.
The information is included in the annual report submitted this week to
the National Assembly by Clodosbaldo Russián, Venezuela's Comptroller
General. According to the report, there was an excessive purchase of
pharmaceutical products, delays in customs clearance and storage of
medical supplies in warehouses that failed to meet the conditions for an
After auditing 20 out of the 30 contracts that the Ministry of Health
and the Servicio Autónomo de Elaboraciones Farmacéuticas, Sefar
(Institute of Pharmaceutical Products) signed in Havana between 2005 and
the first half of 2010, Russián reported that the Ministry of Health
received medications "with a composition and type that do not correspond
to those established in some contracts."
The Comptroller General' Office also found that 27,000 syringes were
damaged in the warehouses of the Ministry of Health.