The constant power cuts in the state of Merida have worsened leaving the inhabitants of the state without electricity from 6 to 18 hours daily.
Olinda Belandria, an inhabitant of the state, denounced that the inconsistency of the electrical service has worsened in recent months, assuring that her residence is among the sectors most affected by the uncertainty of service.
In addition to the power cuts, there is also a shortage of gas and gasoline, which has affected other local services, such as hospitals and assistance centers, as well as funeral homes that do not have the means to transport the deceased for burial.
Belandria assured that the the people of Mérida get before dawn to the service stations, however, these always have at least 100 reserved spots in the queues and citizens are unable to refuel.
“We don’t have access to gasoline, not even the ambulances and funeral homes manage to refuel. The dead are being transported in vans,” she said.
The representative of Doctors United for Venezuela, Pedro Fernández, stated that the health sector was again excluded from the priority area in the gasoline pumps.
“They have left out all the medical and healthcare personnel. It seems that they are not considered a priority in the midst of this pandemic,” he said.
Fernandez said that hospitals only have the vocation of doctors, nurses and other workers to continue operating, however, due to the gasoline and transportation crisis, the only resource that healthcare facilities have is at risk.
The crisis in public services is undermining the mental and physical health of ‘Merideños’, for whom even survival has become a challenge.