Nicolás Maduro’s regime led Venezuela to a health system crisis that has claimed the lives of Venezuelans, who do not have the necessary supplies or medical care.
Only one clinical laboratory of the 17 that belong to the network of public hospitals in the state of Nueva Esparta is currently operating.
Ms. Carmen Figueroa, President of the Nueva Esparta College of Bioanalysts, assured that more than 99 percent of public laboratories do not have the necessary supplies to perform the minimum tests in these times of pandemic so patients, especially those infected with Covid -19, must resort to the private labs.
In the public sector there are seven hospitals and 11 outpatient clinics and only the Juan Griego hospital, far removed from Porlamar and the most populated areas, is capable of performing some specific tests. However, not all private laboratories have the supplies for special tests since they are not produced in the country and for this reason, bioanalysts must buy them in dollars.
The situation makes tests more expensive and patients or their families cannot pay for them through public laboratories, who charge the tests in dollars (U.S. dollars).
“And this situation charges and hits the private laboratories of the state because Venezuelans do not have how to pay the expenses,” she said.