Hundreds of thousands of preventable deaths have occurred as a result of medicine shortage throughout Venezuela.
Currently the amount of available medicine is down to 5% and the Venezuela citizens have taken to the streets in protest of poor government health coverage.
Further protests are taking place in Venezuela over increasing shortages of medicine, causing thousands of preventable deaths, the Associated Press has reported.
Around 95 percent of expensive medicines are now unavailable, and hundreds of thousands of sick and injured Venezuelans lack the necessary treatments.
Some of the signs held by protesters read: “death does not wait” and “we have no tomorrow.”
“The situation is alarming, there is a total absence of medicine affecting around 300,000 people in Venezuela,” said Francisco Valencia of the healthcare charity Codevida. “We are living through an unprecedented crisis, mortalities are rising at an alarming rate and thousands have lost their quality of life.”
As part of the socialist reforms of the country’s late leader Hugo Chávez, the right to health care was enshrined in the Venezuelan constitution. However, amid the country’s economic collapse, which could see inflation rise by a staggering 1700 percent, the government has been forced to make a series of drastic cuts, meaning hundreds of thousands of people cannot access adequate health care.