BY HELENA POLEO
Hospitals all over Venezuela suffer from a critical shortage of basic medical materials, from saline to gloves and medications, causing a nationwide health crisis.
The president of the Venezuelan Medical Federation, Douglas León Natera, states that Venezuelan hospitals are “virtually closed” due to medical material shortages. In the group’s estimate, 98 percent of the medical facilities have no way to operate.
“If they are open, it is because the health workers have decided to continue working at their own risk,” he told the Agence France-Presse.
This oil-producing country imports 98 percent of its drugs and medical equipment, and the shortage of dollars and strict currency controls in the Venezuelan economy has severely affected all types of medical providers. The Pharmaceutical Federation estimates that drug shortages has reached 60 percent, while the Venezuelan Association of Distributors of Medical, Dental, Laboratory and Related Equipment (Avedem) reports there are “absolute deficiencies” in 85 percent ... Read More