More than 20 institutions attached to the Ministry of Popular Power for Science and Technology (Mincyt) joined in the creation of the Cayapa Heroica Plan, through which equipment and components necessary for the proper functioning of different productive sectors of the country are recovered and repaired. .
Faced with the impact of the unilateral coercive measures against Venezuela, the Cayapa Heroica is a program that has allowed professionals from various areas to put their knowledge and expertise at the service of the country, allowing so far the rescue of more than 400 teams to health, the national electricity system, agricultural, science and technology and mining sectors.
The issue was addressed this Wednesday during the cycle of forums "The blockade in science and technology: impacts and responses", organized by the National Observatory of Science, Technology and Innovation (Oncti) and transmitted by digital platforms.
The Vice Minister for the Development of Information and Communication Technologies of the Ministry of Science and Technology (Mincyt), Gloria Carvalho, participated as speakers. “Cayapa Heroica. An answer from Science and Technology ”, and the Head of the Communications Electronics Unit of the National Center for Development and Research in Telecommunications (Cendit), Carlelines Gavidia, who announced the achievements of this public policy in the Venezuelan health sector.
The meeting, moderated by the president of Oncti, Grisel Romero Hiller, also served to narrate the experiences lived by the professionals who took a step forward to fight against the effects of the blockade that, among other impacts, prevented the acquisition and importation of equipment and its components, forcing to repair those that had been destined to warehouses due to obsolescence or damage.
The "cayapa" takes its name from a very Venezuelan, indigenous root, which means teamwork. "Heroic", for the ingenuity and hard work that represented the repair of devices that today save lives and that were inactive thanks to the economic blockade against our country. "It's called cayapa because we can all together," said Deputy Minister Carvalho.
He mentioned that the first great challenge was the incubators for various hospital institutions; Similarly, during the March 2019 blackout, they undertook the task of repairing a turbine in the control system of the Fabricio Ojeda hydroelectric power plant, the cost of which is more than 200 million dollars. Another achievement was the recovery of the bank security key server and the Patria System for text messaging. These are some of the situations addressed by the Cayapa Heroica Plan, a form of resistance to the blockade, Carvalho said, "putting our knowledge at the service of the people." "We began to believe in ourselves, in the knowledge that we have and that is useful for the country," said Gloria Carvalho, an electrical engineer graduated from UCV with a doctorate in Electronic Devices from the Politécnico Di Torino (Italy) and a post-doctorate at the Technological University of Denmark, in the Photonics Area (2008).
The cayapa in health
For his part, Carlelines Gavidia, described how the so-called Cayapa Heroica brigate members in the health sector have rescued equipment for life and, in addition, carry out maintenance. Gavidia, a Telecommunications engineer graduated from the National Experimental Polytechnic University of the Armed Forces and teacher in Instrumentation at the Central University of Venezuela, explained that the objective of Cayapa Heroica in this sector is to put into operation expensive medical equipment out of service, product of unilateral coercive measures.
He highlighted the work done to repair the incubators in various maternity centers, "More than 200 incubators have been recovered, which has made it possible to substitute imports."
From 2019 to 2021 there are more than 500 medical equipment already in operation, which has meant a saving for the country of 526 million euros. In addition, the “Cayapa” has been deployed throughout almost the entire country, through Fundacites territorial units, to provide assistance in 14 states.