Electricity shortages in Venezuela are affecting hospital care

Due to a long drought, there are severe electricity shortages in Venezuela that are having a major impact on the health care systems. At the University Hospital in Caracas, there is not enough electricity even for lighting, and some of the corridors are in darkness. There are days when there is no IV solution or no anaesthetic. Patients are sometimes deprived of the medicines they need. Facilities are in disrepair. The toilets and shower rooms are dark, and cubicle doors are broken, hanging off hinges.

Advice For Travellers

Travellers with pre-existing medical conditions should reconsider their travel plans to Venezuela. Acute care for emergency situations may not be available. In addition, shops have long queues outside, with basic goods in short supply, and power cuts are now a daily event across the country.

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