An article in BBC discussed the plethora of shortages that are now present across Venezuela as it delves deeper into a crisis that is showing no signs of abating.
One place that is currently experiencing a remarkable decline is the University Hospital in Caracas. The University Hospital was considered to be first class in the country but now suffers from the same problems that the whole nation is facing – a shortage of resources. Expert Manuel Gonzalez explains that among these resources are power as whole wings of the hospital is in darkness, and a lack of equipment. An example is an x-Ray machine that cannot print out photos of the image taken. Instead, doctors are taking photos of the x-Ray with their cell phone camera. These are only examples of the shortages across the country but some of the more notable ones given the sharp declines in the services of the hospital.
The cause of this is partly a Major drought that has put stresses on the country’s hydroelectric plants. This is partly caused by the cyclical storm El Niño. However declines in the price of oil have also hit the country hard and limited their ability to correct the shortages that the country is facing. Many citizens are trying to oust the President Nicholas Maduro for failing to have sufficient contingency plans in place to stop this crisis. Other Linked In critics are indicating the negatives of a socialist system that allowed this to happen.