Caracas, Oct 14 (EFE) .- The Venezuelan union Monitor Salud denounced on Thursday that 4,447 workers in the health sector of the Caribbean country have been infected with covid-19, between November 2020 and September 2021.
"According to data collected in 75 health centers distributed in 20 states and the Capital District, at least 4,447 health workers were infected with covid-19," the organization said on its Twitter account.
March was the month with the most registered cases, with 628, coinciding with the second wave of infections that the Caribbean country experienced at that time.
August was the second month with the highest number of infections with 533, followed by April with 511 and May with 501, while in September 457 cases were registered.
In early October, the Venezuelan NGO Médicos Unidos reported that 756 health workers have died from covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.
The organization explained that its reports are based on "clinical, epidemiological, radiodiagnostic criteria," as well as laboratory "up to date, and are not necessarily included in the reports of the spokespersons" of the Government.
"The objective is the prevention of personnel and evidence of failures," they concluded.
Likewise, Monitor Salud denounced on Monday that they have registered 625 threats to the health personnel of the different hospitals in Venezuela, between January 1 and September 30, 2021, for demanding and claiming their rights.
"We counted from January to so far this year 625 threats to health personnel, simply for protesting," said Mauro Zambrano, leader of this organization that brings together numerous employees in the sector.
At a press conference, Zambrano described as "very serious" the situation experienced by employees of Venezuelan hospitals and said that these are cases that generate "fear" among workers and in which "there are no consequences" for those who execute the alleged harassment.
According to the organization's calculation, the western region is where the highest number of threats was registered with 267, in nine of the 24 health centers in the region monitored.
It is followed by the eastern region, with 264 threats, and the central region where they have 94, according to the union.
"We just want answers. We cannot continue to render service and give our lives, and not be heard. We don't have anyone to listen to us at this time and that, also when you arrive at a health center, they threaten you," Zambrano said.
The union leader added that actions against health workers include suspensions of their wages, even when they are reported sick or with symptoms of covid-19.