On the occasion of the celebration of the International Day of Nurses on Tuesday, May 12th, the President of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, met (virtually) with representatives of the union in the country, whom he thanked for the work they are doing in the midst of the pandemic despite the lack of conditions, and also thanked them for participating in the Heroes of Health Program, designed by the interim government.
“Thank you for your struggle and for the consistency. We know that the economic contribution that we will give to the health workers in the public hospitals is insufficient, but I am sure that sooner or later the work of the nurses, doctors, educators, among others, will be well paid, that is why we are fighting. Thank you for joining the Heroes of Health Program despite the threats you received.
Representatives of the nurses’ guild of Caracas, Zulia, Anzoátegui, Bolívar, Carabobo, Portuguesa, Guárico and Mérida participated in the digital meeting.
In his speech, President (E) Guaidó announced that the idea is to take the program of economic contribution to the most vulnerable sectors of the country and to each Venezuelan family while the Complex Humanitarian Emergency lasts, so he insisted on remembering that it is urgent to form a National Emergency Government to end the crisis and advance in the transition that will allow the reconstruction of Venezuela.
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Representatives of the country’s nursing association who participated in the meeting with the interim President expressed “unconditional support” for him in the struggle to bring about change in the country.
“For there to be a change in the health system, there has to be a political change and that is why from our front line we ratify the support to the government in charge and to the National Assembly,” said Ana Velázquez, from the Acarigua Nurses Association.
There were others who took the opportunity to denounce the increasingly precarious conditions in which they work in the health centers, where there are no masks, gloves, soap, antibacterial gel, piped water; and many times they are left without electricity.
In this regard, Camilo Torres, from Bolivar State, said that many times they have had to use the flashlight of their cell phones to illuminate procedures such as inserting needles in veins.
They also said that most of the time they have to walk kilometers to reach the health centers because of the lack of gasoline there is no public transportation to get there. All this happens in the interior of Venezuela, as for example in Guarico State, as denounced by Petra Malavé.
The nursing union thanked Guaidó for the economic contribution of $100 that they will receive in the next few weeks through the Heroes of Health Program, which they say will “alleviate” the difficult economic situation that most Venezuelans are going through.