The World Medical Association (WMA) has expressed its solidarity with physicians in Venezuela who continue to face significant difficulties in delivering care to patients against a backdrop of major political turmoil.
Doctors and nurses took to the streets last week calling for humanitarian aid to be allowed to enter the country and for the country’s President Nicolas Maduro to step down. Several countries have said they are recognising the opposition leader, Juan Guaido as interim president.
In a letter to the President of the Venezuelan Medical Federation, Dr Douglas Leon Natera, WMA President Dr Leonid Eidelman said: “We have learned about the grave situation regarding health, leaving doctors, nurses and other caregivers without any pharmaceuticals and materials urgently needed for health care.
We would like to express our solidarity with our colleagues and the other healthcare workers who, despite those very precarious conditions, stay in the country and try to do their best for their patients.”
The WMA has urged the political parties in Venezuela to “put the interests of the people first” and says stability and peace are essential requirements “to ensure adequate provision of health care to all and to avoid disastrous developments that could occur, such as the outbreak of an epidemic."