The Instituto Autónomo Hospital Universitario (IAHULA) is in one of the worst health crises in the Andes region, as it has reduced its care capacity by 30 percent due to the loss and wear of more than 114 mattresses.
Doctor Akbar Fuenmayor, coordinator of the Control and Management Unit of the main hospital in Merida, corroborated the information and indicated that the IAHULA has lost mattresses because they have been in use for more than ten years, the linings were worn and broken and the foam rubber had been impregnated with body secretions, typical of a hospital environment.
The situation has generated overcrowding, delays in surgeries and even in some occasions they have had to attend patients on the floor, in the absence of available beds.
Fuenmayor acknowledged that the hospital works in better conditions than other hospitals in the country, but said it is thanks to the help of the citizens of Merida, who through different actions and donations have collaborated with the maintenance of the institution.
“There was no budget allocation, which is enormously detrimental to a hospital like this one, which is being sustained only with the budget assigned by the governor of the state of Merida,” he said.
The doctor referred to the lack of personnel, since the majority of health professionals and other personnel are a percentage of Venezuelans who have emigrated in recent years in search of opportunities.
Faced with the mindlessness of the regime, nonprofit organizations have carried out a series of actions to recover this assistance center, of vital importance for five states. Thanks to them, it is being refurbished with paint and in some of its areas there is already lighting, as well as it aspires to obtain, via donations, resources for the purchase of these vital mattresses for the areas of pediatric, adult emergencies and surgery.