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One Day Of Life For A Doctor In Venezuela

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  1. bart

    bart Active member

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    Day by day Venezuelan doctors faces innumerable difficulties in exercising their profession. However, there are two reasons that motivate doctors to fight against the deficiencies that Venezuela's hospitals have: the vocation of service and the commitment to the health of the Venezuelan population.

    The health crisis in Venezuela has been like a devastating hurricane that left the care centers without medicines and supplies but did not destroy the vocation and desire to work of Venezuelan doctors.

    It has been, precisely, that vocation that has led doctors to maneuver to attend to patients when in emergency rooms they do not even have the basic supplies (injectors, gauges, physiological solution, sutures, alcohol, etc.). Even on many occasions, the doctors have been in need of using their cell phone flashlights when an abrupt power cut occurs in the middle of surgical intervention.

    Venezuelan doctors practice war medicine, as they struggle with extremely adverse situations to save patients' lives. An example of this is the limited availability of beds enabled in critical medical services, therefore in many cases; patients who require hospitalization in intensive care units are treated in the emergency room. This undoubtedly considerably reduces the survival of these patients.

    Venezuelan doctors, on a daily basis, share the struggles and anguish of their patients and, at the same time, the impotence of being with their hands tied when the therapeutic alternatives are exhausted. They share the desire that, in the not-so-distant future, the country has a high-quality health system, which serves from the poorest to the richest.

    Many specialist doctors refuse to leave the country and its hospitals because they want to help the country overcome the crisis and continue doing what they are passionate about: saving lives. This conviction has solidified in the midst of the terrible experiences that have lived in a health system that has been indolent.


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