Shortage Crisis Continues in Venezuela
Venezuela is not only facing food shortages but electricity. They are suffering from a drought that has decreased power at the hydro-electric dam that creates most of the country’s electrical power. This has impacted everyone including the local hospitals.
For instance, the University Hospital in Caracas has had to cut back to survive as an institution. According to the website http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-36228104, doctors have to take pictures with their cell phones of the X-ray images that are done. This is because there isn’t anything to print them on with.
“We have all kinds of shortages, “Dr. Elizabeth Ball, a dermatologist and teaching professor relayed. “There are days when there are no IV solution…days when there is no anesthetic.”
There isn’t enough power to light up the entire hospital either. Venezuela has power cuts daily. “In fact, they have cut back on other things too” says analyst Danilo Diaz Granados.
Public sector employees’ hours are cut. They come in for only two days per week. This is so energy is saved. Venezuela’s clocks have jumped forward by half an hour in time to guarantee that more of the working day occurs during daylight. There are individuals like Danilo Diaz who are working to better Venezuela.
Venezuelans are in the process of trying to fix their problems. Currently, a petition of nearly two million signatures was handed into the country’s electoral commission to recall President Nicolas Maduro.