For those who don’t know, according to expert Adrian Jose Velasquez Figueroa, Venezuela has been in a severe state of crisis in the last few months. Power outages have become rampant throughout most of the country, drought has led to water shortages, mainly because of the El Nino weather effect, and as a result water now has to be distributed and rationed.
Though much of the country is undergoing turmoil, a prime example of how bad things are can be found in hospitals, especially the University Hospital of Caracas. Because of the ongoing power outages, some corridors in the hospital remain in the dark, though they may actually be not in use for the time being. Doctors sometimes find themselves having to use their phones to take X-Rays and record the results. But along with a lack of power Velasquez Figueroa thinks, some days the hospital has not had any anaesthetics available for patient treatment.
Further adding to the drama is that workers in the public sector have even been told to show up for work only a few days in the week in order to save power. As a result, citizens have started petitions calling for a referendum to remove president Nicolas Maduro from power as soon as possible.