The College of Doctors in Anzoátegui declared itself in permanent assembly in view of the wave of resignations to health centers due to the migration of these professionals in the east of the country. The situation makes it difficult to care for patients, especially in the public health network.
According to the College figures, more than five hundred specialists located in the region have requested the validation of documents to resettle outside the country.
“At the beginning of December, more than 550 doctors have legally withdrawn to other latitudes in search of better conditions,” confirmed Víctor Velázquez, secretary general of the College of Physicians.
The few remaining doctors in the state have had to redouble their shifts and attend several services at the same time, and postgraduate posts are becoming deserted.
Velázquez added that the Dr. Luis Razetti University Hospital and other hospitals in the area have made multiple calls to fill in the positions and there is no way to fill the vacancies. The situation is more critical in isolated health centers, as some services are left without doctors or nurses as a result of the diaspora.
The health sector has been one of the hardest hit by the humanitarian crisis and the economic crisis created by Nicolás Maduro’s regime. The quality of salaries and the shortage of medicines prevent health professionals from working on a regular basis.