Crisis in Venezuela: “We went from poor to miserable”, the lament of the nurses in Caracas

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Health workers denounce the low wages that have them “in extreme poverty”, in addition to the “high risk” conditions in which they carry out their work in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.

Nurses and health workers protested in Caracas, Venezuela, to denounce low wages who have them “in extreme poverty” and the “high risk” conditions in which they carry out their work in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The protesters with their white uniforms and masks, displayed among other banners with slogans such as “We’re starving, just pay now”, at the headquarters of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), scene of the protest led by Ana Rosario Contreras, president of the College of Nurses of the Capital District.

“We are before the UNDP to deliver a document and an urgent appeal to Michelle Bachelet, High Commissioner of the United Nations, and to the international community to set your sights on health personnel who is working in indecent and high-risk conditions in the face of Covid-19, characterized by a hospital collapse, “said Contreras.

He explained that Venezuelan hospitals “they do not have drinking water service, supplies, respirators, intensive care units and the staff is leaving because they are tired of starving. “

“There is no quality care, there is no room for laboratory tests or X-rays, that is the hospital crisis that we are denouncing,” he said.

It also denounced that the low wages that “do not reach 4 dollars a month it places us in extreme poverty, unable to meet the needs of our children, working with hunger. “

“That is the direct responsibility of those who today usurp the government functions that has disconnected from the social needs of Venezuelans and he is only thinking of screwing himself into power through the fraudulent process of December 6, “he said.

In this sense, he criticized the “broad” easing that takes place after the radical quarantine week established by the 7 plus 7 scheme ordered by President Nicolás Maduro.

“When we see those politicians who announce a flexibilization program without scientific criteria we are very concerned because if the citizen does not understand that there is no government that guarantees them care in the pandemic in a scientific way, you have to take care of yourself, “he said.

In turn, José Antonio Cádiz, a nursing graduate, argued that the reality of the union “is begging even for a ticket” because the salary of 4 dollars is not enough for anything else in the face of inflation that until September accumulated a rate of 1,433.58% and an interannual rate of 3,246%, according to figures from the opposition National Assembly.

“We have gone from poor to miserable. While all of them fill their pockets with money, a nurse and a doctor who burned their eyelashes to serve the people have to beg for a ticket, “he lashed out.

He also rejected that Venezuelans have to be subjected to a control with the food boxes that the government sells at subsidized prices through the Local Supply and Production Committees (Clap).

“While you think differently, the scoundrels who run the Claps tell you I will not give you the bag because you are not with meBecause you are not Chavista, because I am not Chavista and I do not kneel for a bag of food, ‘he said.

Since last year, the nurses union has demanded a base salary from the Maduro government, equivalent in bolivars to 600 dollars to be able to cover basic needs in the face of the complex humanitarian emergency that the country is experiencing.

Source: ANSA

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