>> This hospital in Caracas, once one of Latin America's leading Medical Facilities, now a shell of its former self. Surgeries are being scrapped, most bathrooms are closed and health concerns are running high. The cause, a dire lack of water. Dry taps, the latest debilitating challenge for Venezuela. Mired in its fifth year of an economic crisis that has sparked malnutrition, hyper inflation, and immigration.
Reuters correspondent, Andreína Aponte is in Caracas.>> The main hospital of Caracas is not the only one suffering from this. Hospitals all around Venezuela are suffering from the same shortages, and people are protesting on the streets, because they are not happy with this.>>
We've had to deal with up to four days without water here. We've had to carry water from the floor below, from the ground floor, up here. About 75% of Caracas residents say, they do not have regular running water, according to a survey by 2 non-governmental organizations. Poor residents take fewer showers, and diseases like scabies and diarrhea are on the rise, according to doctors.
Caracas's water pumps have not been maintained, spare parts are hard to come by, and President Nicolás Maduro's government is short of cash. The country's Information Minister in July announced a special plan to fix the issues, but did not provide details.