The nurses union protested Tuesday at the national level to demand decent wages and better working conditions. They warned that if they don’t get answers from the state, they will go on indefinite strike.
Health workers from the states of Mérida and Anzoátegui took over the respective health centers of their entities, Hospital Universitario de los Andes (IAHULA) and Complejo Luis Razzetti, respectively. The nurses and doctors protested outside the J.M. de los Ríos Hospital in Caracas.
The doctors and nurses said the union’s reason for raising its voice in protest has been the increase in mortality due to shortages of supplies and medicines, deterioration of the operating rooms, the greater presence of previously eradicated diseases such as measles, dengue and yellow fever, as well as the increase to a living wage.
The president of the College of Nurses of Caracas, Ana Rosario Contreras, urged Venezuelans to join the protest being carried out by the health union in 18 states.
“We are moving forward and building work collaboration. The hospitals are collapsed, transportation doesn’t work, we don’t have water service, we are harassed by Nicolás Maduro’s regime when it tries to silence us so that we don’t raise our voice in protest,” said the health professional.
The week of protest began Monday with rallies in different parts of the country. This Wednesday the professors are expected to demonstrate and on Thursday it is the turn of the university students.