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(CNN) As Venezuela grapples with severe medical shortages, infant deaths, maternal deaths and cases of malaria are skyrocketing.

Malaria cases in Venezuela rose 76% last year compared to 2015 with over 240,000 reported cases. Maternal deaths rose 66% to 756. Last year 11,466 infants died, a 30% increase, according to new records recently released by Venezuela's health ministry. It's the first health data released by the government in nearly two years.

The staggering increases illustrate how badly Venezuela lacks basic medicine, equipment and supplies to treat even the simplest of injuries.

Venezuelans say they must treat themselves at public hospitals.

"If you need to have an operation, nowadays, you must bring your own medicines to the hospital," says Eugenia Morin, a 59-year old the housewife who protested against the government last week. "There are no supplies to attend the most basic emergencies."

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