HAVANA TIMES — With his respiratory infection now under control, Hugo Chavez is recovering favorably from his latest bout with cancer, said Venezuelan Minister of Communications and Information, Ernesto Villegas, on Sunday.
Nevertheless, he noted that Chavez is still undergoing ¨specific measures for the solution of his insufficient breathing.”
There was no mention of whether subsequent actions to be taken to fight his cancer would involve chemotherapy or radiation therapy, as was necessary following the his previous procedures to remove malignant material.
The president has not been seen or heard from since his December 11 operation in Havana. This was the fourth time since June 2011 that Chavez has traveled to Cuba for surgery.
The following is the statement by the Venezuelan government on the health of their president.
Despite his poor health after complex surgery this past December 11, his overall clinical evolution has been favorable over the last several days.
The president continues to strictly comply with his medical treatment. The respiratory infection is controlled, although the commander-president still requires specific measures for addressing his insufficient breathing.
The president is aware and in contact with his family, his political team and with the attending team of physicians in order to keep abreast of relevant information.
On the eve of the celebration of the “Divina Pastora” procession, the Bolivarian Government of Venezuela invites Venezuelan families to join in prayer to the patron saint of Barquisimeto to fill our country with peace and happiness.
Long live Chavez!
Caracas, January 13, 2013