Skip to comments.Rise in Starving Children Puts Strain on Venezuela’s Hospitals
Posted on 06/08/2016 5:57:45 PM PDT by fella
Doctors Now Have to Steal Food From Hospitals to Feed Their Own Families
The increasing shortage of food and other basic products in Venezuela, on top of inflation, is now takingits toll on the health of the nation most notably, on its malnourished children.
Children frequently arrive to the San Felipe Central Hospital after having fainted from malnourishment, officials told the PanAm Post, and are given medicine to take three times a day,
Mothers tell physicians they dont have enough food in their homes, even after rationing.
Children under five months of age come in here with diarrhea and when the parents are asked what the child has been eating, they say mostly rice cream because they cant get milk, one hospital worker said.
The same source confirmed parents blame themselves because they dont have the salary or access to staple foods to improve the situation.
You cant feed a five-month-old on rice, the source said, and its going to affect their long-term health.
The source reported with concern that hospital personnel from maintenance staff to doctors have asked for help from the hospital in getting food for their own families, as the hospital has an agreement with state-owned state supermarkets for food delivery not normally available to the regular public. The source said there are situations in which employees have taken the food without permission and brought it home.
Though the hospital has the convenience of supplying food to its patience, it lacks many essential medical supplies it needs to keep patients alive from yelco to oxygen tanks.
Hospital even lacks trash bags and cleaning products necessary for maintaining the most basic of hygienic environments. Directors of the hospital said there are no funds to buy these things, let alone more urgent medical supplies.
Doctors in the hospital following the healthcare situation nationwide noted that almost none of them have the protein patients desperately need.
No chicken, no beef, no fish, none of that, one of them said. The patients get cheese, rice, fruit, but nothing that they need for recuperating.
El Nacional published a report on Tuesday, June 7, in which it said the Ministry of Health has even stopped providing food to patients.
The story reported that three days after the Dr. José Marías Vargas Hospital in Caracas will be without food, the doctors had to treat a patient for a vascular lesion caused from hunger.
According to the newspaper, the patient preferred to postpone surgery because he was the breadwinner of the house, and had already been a month in the hospital. The doctors tried to persuade him that he could die from internal bleeding it it wasnt treated.
Children dying of hunger
In the interior of Venezuela more so than near its borders the situation is unimaginably bad and worsening every day. Radio Fe y Alegría said two children have died from malnutrition in la Guajira in the western part of the country.
Ligia González, eight months old, died last Saturday. This Monday, two-month-old Elver González also passed. Both were critically malnourished, according to local media.
A study done this year by Venebarómetro found that the food and economic crisis in Venezuela has forced 90 percent of people to buy less food than they had in years past, and 29 percent of them to only eat three times per day.
The study also revealed that 70.5 percent of Venezuelans rated the economic situation as poor while 89.7 of those surveyed said they didnt have sufficient money for clothes. Also, 79.6 percent said their income is insufficient for buying food and medicine.
Feel the bern!
Pretty soon we’ll start seeing those ads on TV about the starving children in Venezuela and looking for contributions.
We are so close to having a socialist paradise like this for ourselves! Another four years of leftist mismanagement of the country is all it will take.
Good post. Right on the mark.
It would really show the world how evil socialism is if the US would start dropping food like we did after WWII. I can’t remember details of the WWII drop but we did it because the people were starving. Anything to bring attn to what socialism really is.
Was it the Marshall Plan that was doing it? But then, it wasn’t the people’s fault. It’s always the government. So maybe we can start dropping food packages into Venezuela. However the government there is blaming America for their problems. And also Bush.
Get ready for the influx of Venezuexican migrants who will immediately be motor votor registered dhimmicrat
Hate to say, I thought the same thing.
Notice that there’s no Sean Penn or Danny Glover donating food either, Jim. Effing Hollywood hypocrites.
The Soldiers are getting feed, but their extended families,
I doubt it. The Military will crack at some point, but only if they is some outside force ready to fill the vacuum and get a lot of food into the needy. If there is no help ready to step in a Coup make no sense.
Very interesting. Thanks for posting.
Imagine a weekend at Bernie’s and Hillary’s house ,,, that’s Venezuela today .
The food drop you’re speaking off was towards the end of the war in Europe. After Bernard Montgomerys disastrous “Operation Market Garden’’ in Holland in Sept. 1944 , the Germans blockaded the entire country and starved the Dutch people. As it became clear Germany was going to lose the war the Allies appealed to the Germans to allow food drops to the Dutch populace to avoid a catastrophe and put the German occupiers in a better light. Te Germans allowed the Allied air forces to air drop food to the Dutch people .
Maduro looks like he hasn’t missed any meals.
“It would really show the world how evil socialism is if the US would start dropping food like we did after WWII”
Even better would be to drop pallets of machine guns and ammunition all over the country. That would solve the food problem quicker than any other solution.
Dear socialist idiots: this is what you voted for...this is what you have. Tough luck.
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