The president of the Caracas College of Nurses and winner of the International Award ‘Women of Courage’ awarded by the United States Department of State, Ana Rosario Contreras, offered this Sunday an exclusive interview to the National Communication Center (CCN), where she denounced the misery policies imposed by Maduro’s regime on the healthcare sector in Venezuela.
When asked about the award that will be given by the Biden administration to highlight her fight in Venezuela, she indicated that “it is not a recognition for Ana Rosario Contreras, but for the Venezuelan woman, who does not kneel, who is aware of her equality before the law, who is aware that the work is shoulder to shoulder with the brave men. And that she has to suffer every day not having food, not having gas, not having water, that woman who every day has to turn these adversities into an inner strength to continue advancing.”
“Right now the regime wants us to remain silent, but today I have to vindicate the strength of women. Nurses symbolize the decline of the healthcare system. We have to go out to the streets to demand decent working conditions, demand water, 80% of hospitals do not have water service, in the midst of this pandemic that demands you wash your hands,” she warned.
Furthermore, Contreras indicated that “more than 300 health workers have died from COVID-19 because we do not have biosafety equipment, in addition our body is weakened because we do not have a salary that allows us a balanced diet.”
REPRESSION OF THE REGIME AGAINST THE HEALTHCARE SECTOR
The healthcare professional, denounced that the response they have obtained from the regime is “harassment, persecution, impeding the nurses to go out (to protest), where through violent groups (colectivos) it tries to silence our voice of protest.”
“However, I want to highlight the courage of nurses, which is the example that the rest of Venezuelans should follow. They have taken so much away from us but they cannot take away the desire to fight, the desire to demand a free, fair and verifiable electoral process, where Venezuelans can once again have confidence in the vote to elect the new authorities,” she added.
Similarly, Ms. Contreras indicated that another problem is being generated within the healthcare sector, which is the lack of human talent.
“Today we see a lot of migration of doctors, nurses and other media. The salary established by the dictatorship is a starvation salary. During September, October and November we had the contribution Héroes de la Salud, established by President Juan Guaidó, it was a drop of oxygen that we had during this economic asphyxia, today we are asking President Guaidó and the international community to help us continue this benefit to be able to stop the labor diaspora that what it does is to harm even more the battered Venezuelan healthcare system.”
On the other hand, she added that Maduro’s dictatorship seeks to silence healthcare personnel with hunger, manipulation, and fear.
“They intimidate the workers by threatening that if they protest they won’t give them Clap boxes (food aid). We do not want Clap boxes, we simply want a salary that, according to what is established in the Constitution, is enough to pay the cost of the basic basket, which has a value of 300 dollars.”
“With a minimum wage of 0.75 dollars a month, Venezuelans live in extreme poverty today, that is the importance of humanitarian aid, Venezuela at this time needs the help of the world to be able to get out of this serious situation,” she said.
THE DICTATORSHIP GIVES VACCINATION PRIORITY TO THEIR NOMENKLATURA
To conclude, the union leader denounced that the regime gives priority in vaccination to its nomenklatura before the healthcare personnel who day by day fight against COVID-19 to save the lives of thousands of Venezuelans.
“Despite the fact that the WHO protocol establishes that the priority for immunization is in the first place the healthcare personnel and in the second place the vulnerable population, here at least 247 members of Maduro’s dictatorship have already been vaccinated while none of the healthcare personnel have been vaccinated,” she condemned.