Parents from the eastern part of the country denounced that they do not have enough money to pay for their children’s treatments, so they have to sell personal items in order to pay for part of the medicines.
Angela Miranda, mother of a pediatric patient, reported that the antiallergic prescribed for her son costs more than U.S. $ 10. “If my husband is working (has a job) I buy it, otherwise, I have to wait, or they give it to me here at the pharmacy, if there is one.”
On the outskirts of the pediatric areas of the healthcare centers, parents wait for answers from their relatives to buy their children’s medicines, some have to even sell items of their homes to pay for their children’s treatments.
José Roa, father of an infant, confessed that he has to borrow, sell anything or something from his house. “Imagine that you depend on a salary, that that is not enough to buy even a kilo of sugar or milk.”
According to the official exchange rate of the Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV) the integral minimum wage in Venezuela is close to 3 U.S. dollars. Meanwhile, a fever control drug is at least U.S. $ 5. When specialized tests and treatments are needed, the investment would exceed $ 100, according to respondents.