No face masks or even gloves for Anzoategui nurses

Nurses, stretcher-bearers, workers, and administrative staff of the Luis Razetti hospital are exposing in a moment when Venezuela admits to 17 Coronavirus cases.

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Nurses call for more funding and better care for health-care workers | Photo: Samir Aponte.

Nurses and workers in the health-care sector in the state of Anzoátegui claim that in the sentinels’ hospitals in Barcelona and El Tigre do not have face masks or gloves for nurses, in a moment when Venezuela struggles with a Coronavirus outbreak.

The day before admitting the first two cases, the Nicolas Maduro regime announce a list of 30-plus sentinels hospitals, especially centers that supposed to be better equipped than others to handle a possible Coronavirus outbreak. On that very same day, however, the mistakes began, as Maduro instructing people suspicious of carrying the COVID-19 to the Coche Hospital, a center closed since late 2018.

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The prevention delegate of the Luis Razetti Hospital in Barcelona Edison Hernandez indicates that 2,600 workers in the health sector do not have masks, gloves and disposable gowns to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“The authorities say the hospitals would fit-out, and the measures will be taken to avoid massive contagion, but they are not giving priority to the health sector workers who are exposed and we find ourselves daily with an endless number of risks that can force us to keep ourselves in quarantine,” Hernandez said.

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