Photo provided by the Presidency of Venezuela shows Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (C) and his daughters Rosa Virginia (R) and Maria Gabriela reading a Feb. 14, 2013 copy of Cuban Government's official newspaper "Granma" during his recovery process in Havana, capital of Cuba on Feb. 15, 2013. (Xinhua)
CARACAS, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- Cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez is still suffering from respiratory problems and the tendency of that condition "has not been favorable", said Venezuelan Information Minister Ernesto Villegas Thursday night.
The statement read by the minister on TV said the president will receive more treatment for the breathing problems.
In addition, the minister said medical treatment for Chavez's cancer is continuing without "significant adverse effects for now."
Chavez, 58, returned home on Monday after a two-month cancer treatment in Cuba and he is being treated at the Caracas military hospital.
Except for a few photos released by the government last week, Chavez has not been seen or heard of since Dec. 11, 2012 when he underwent his fourth round of cancer surgery in Cuba. Chavez was first diagnosed with cancer in June 2011.
The government has said that it was hard for Chavez to speak because he has been fitted with a tracheal tube due to a post-operative respiratory infection.
Chavez, elected for a third term in October 2012, has missed the scheduled inauguration ceremony on Jan. 10, which has been delayed indefinitely, raising hackles of many in the opposition.
CARACAS, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- Pressure continued to mount Thursday on Venezuela's ailing President Hugo Chavez to disclose his exact state of health, with political opponents demanding more information.
Chavez, who was diagnosed with cancer in June 2011, returned to Venezuela in the predawn hours Monday after more than two months in Cuba recovering from surgery, and was immediately admitted to Caracas' military hospital. Full story
CARACAS, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- Venezuela's government Friday released the first images of ailing President Hugo Chavez since he underwent cancer surgery in Cuba two months ago, showing him propped up in bed flanked by his two eldest daughters. Full story
CARACAS, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- Venezuela's ailing President Hugo Chavez is breathing through a tracheal tube and has difficulty talking, top aides said Friday after releasing images of the recovering head of state for the first time since he was operated on two months ago.
"The respiratory infection that emerged during the post-operative stage was controlled, but a certain degree of (breathing) insufficiency persists," Communication and Information Minister Ernesto Villegas read a written statement broadcast on national radio and television stations. Full story