Health care workers took to the streets of Caracas on Tuesday to demand the government help a sector beset by medicine and labor shortages. Nathan Frandino reports.
Clogging the streets of Caracas, hundreds of doctors and nurses are screaming for help. They say people are dying. And that the country's hospitals are in crisis. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MERLYN GOMEZ, NURSE, SAYING: "We have shortages of medicines, supplies, personnel... Enough is enough. We are asking the government to look after healthcare and hospitals that have fallen." They're calling on President Nicolas Maduro to improve their working conditions... and find a way to supply hospitals, where eight out of 10 medicines are scarce. The protesters tried marching to the Ministry of Health, but police blocked the way. The government says a U.S.-backed "economic war" has caused the crisis... exacerbated by a plunge in the price of oil, the country's main export. But the health care professionals say they're desperate... an attitude union leaders hope will keep them protesting until the government responds.