Decomposing bodies in Venezuela’s morgues are reportedly exploding due to lack of fund to provide air conditioning.
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“Decomposing bodies are exploding in morgues amid the crippling economic collapse in Venezuela as there isn’t enough money to pay for air conditioning, it’s been reported.
The shocking claim, made by the conservative political FrontPage Magazine, is one of the more macabre stories to emerge from the country lately.
It follows reports from other sources in recent weeks that prisoners are starving to death in the nation’s jails, newborn babies are sleeping in cardboard boxes instead of incubators in hospitals and opposition lawmakers have not been paid for months.
According to the FrontPage article by Texas-based journalist David Paulin, a corpse that had been decomposing for two days in tropical heat at University Hospital Antonio Patricio de Alcalá, in Cumaná, ‘finally exploded in a spray of toxic fluids and gasses’.
The morgue’s barely functioning cooling system is said to be to blame as the health care system in the oil-rich yet impoverished nation has collapsed under the socialist government.
The hospital in eastern Venezuela reportedly had to be partially evacuated as patients in nearby rooms were sickened by the stench from the morgue.
t was also reported that there were no disinfectants, chlorine or formaldehyde in the morgue where the incident happened.
Paulin’s report quoted a hospital employee as saying: ‘It’s not the first time that a body exploded. It has already occurred two times since the middle of September.’
The public hospital was once regarded as one of Venezuela’s best. However, an undercover reporter for the Venezuela news site La Patilla, who took a hidden camera into the facility recently, is said to have revealed patients unattended in hallways, shortages of essential equipment, and a lack of air conditioning in wards.
Venezuela is suffering through a severe economic crisis with shortages of goods, foods and medicines and rising crime. The country’s 30 million citizens are struggling to access basic health care.
The economy has worsened under president Nicholas Maduro, a bus driver-turned politician, amid slumping oil prices and triple-digit inflation.
Draconian currency exchange and price controls are among the policies blamed for the crisis”.