The program Cuál es tu Plan (What’s Your Plan) by Plan País Venezuela addressed the risk that medical personnel in Venezuela and Venezuelans in general are under today before the COVID-19 due to the debacle of the health system resulting from the corruption, inefficiency and negligence of Nicolás Maduro’s regime.
The Venezuelan journalist Esteninf Olivares, who has been visiting Caracas hospitals for some years, was in charge of starting interventions and said that the pandemic has worsened the terrible panorama that is being experienced in public health centers and warned that if the state of the health care centers in the capital is deplorable, those in the rest of the country must be even worse.
“Venezuelans have the right to health and the reality is that the State is not guaranteeing it, because despite the fact that most health personnel give their lives and put at risk even those of their relatives by going to hospitals where there is no water, nor adequate protective equipment to work with, there is no provision with which to attend to the sick. This situation should raise awareness among all Venezuelans, because the reality is that in today’s Venezuela very few can afford insurance in dollars and tomorrow you may be the one who has to enter one of those hospitals,” she warned.
In the face of misinformation by the regime and the country’s inability to provide health care as a result of its misguided policies and corruption, the journalist calls on Venezuelans to protect themselves in the extreme. “I understand that people have to go out to work, but in view of this panorama, the Venezuelan must take extreme care – because if you get infected you will not be able to go out to produce – to denounce the emergency we are living and be aware that what we are living is not normal,” concluded Olivares.
Venezuelans must protest the health debacle
Ana Rosario Contreras, president of the Caracas College of Nurses, also participated in Cuál es tu Plan, and ratified the social commitment of those who continue to work in hospitals without compensation or protective equipment with the technical specifications that WHO warns of to avoid the spread of infection among health personnel.
“Today we must ask ourselves why we have more than 38 health professionals dead in Venezuela. The pandemic has only highlighted the disaster in the health sector that we have been warning about since 2015 and that has led health personnel to leave the country or to migrate to more profitable occupations in order to survive, making it difficult for more beds to be available to treat patients,” she explained.
Contreras applauded the efforts being made by the interim government to improve the conditions of health workers, in addition to the work of organizations of Venezuelans who have migrated and are now providing the country’s nurses with protective equipment to facilitate the care of their compatriots, but she said this is not enough to deal with the pandemic.
“The sector has been making the disaster visible for years, today we Venezuelans must ask ourselves what we are going to do as civil society to guarantee that the right to health is fulfilled, we must stand up with all the protections to demand our rights. We need to have a government that connects with reality, because the regime has already shown that it cares more about power than the lives of Venezuelans,” she said.
A National Emergency Government is Urgent
The program was closed with the participation of Congresswoman Manuela Bolívar, Political Coordinator of the Social Area of Plan País, who explained that billions of dollars are needed in Venezuela to rehabilitate the health care system.
“The declaration of the humanitarian emergency has allowed the articulation of humanitarian aid programs, but this same scenario makes that aid insufficient because the health system, and the country in general, collapsed,” explained the parliamentarian.
“The National Emergency Government is indispensable for the international community to be willing to give us credits to rebuild the health system we have today. And we must be very clear, even if we obtain these resources we will have to establish priorities of attention because, for example, the regime for more than two years has maintained the country without vaccines which has caused that eradicated diseases like malaria are affecting all states of the country,” warned Bolivar.
Despite this panorama, the deputy believes that a change of government would establish the beginning of Venezuela’s recovery with the priorities agreed upon in Plan País and ratified the commitment of her fellow parliamentarians and the entire Legitimate Government to continue working to achieve this essential transition for the country.