The humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, driven by Nicolas Maduro’s regime, forced millions of citizens to leave the country in search of better opportunities. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the lack of health workers is felt on a daily basis.
Due to the lack of personnel, the workers of the Central Hospital of San Cristobal, in Táchira, denounced that they are suffering from labor exploitation.
They explained that their workdays are becoming longer and more strenuous due to the fact that more than 70% of the staff is missing from the medical center.
They also warned that positive cases of Covid-19 among health care personnel continue to increase and the State has not provided them with the necessary protection equipment and supplies to fight the pandemic.
Ruben Duarte, a nurse at the San Cristobal Central Hospital, said he was concerned about the health of his colleagues. In addition, he explained that all personnel must pay, out of their own pocket, for medical resources, including PCR testing.
Duarte added that the gasoline crisis and low wages also prevent health workers from moving to hospitals or clinics.
“Review health care wages nationwide because it’s not possible for an orderly to continue earning 140,000 bolivars, a nurse 500,000, a doctor 1 or 2 million, it’s not fair,” he remarked.