Health workers, patients and opposition protesters marched against the Venezuelan governnment, demanding it deal with the medicine shortage. Colette Luke reports.
Angry health workers marching against the Venezuelan government Wednesday demanding that officials handle the devastating medicine shortage that is jeopardizing the health of its people. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) DEMONSTRATOR, JOSE ESTRADA, SAYING: "We are suffering a lack of medicine, we are suffering children's deaths, pregnant women dying who have had babies and there is no way of resolving the issue, no way of running the tests." 85 percent of medicines are running short... as millions also struggle with food shortages and soaring inflation... Venezuela's Ambassador to the United Nations, Rafael Ramírez, on Wednesday, said it's a domestic issue. (SOUNDBITE) VENEZUELAN AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS, RAFAEL RAMIREZ, SAYING: "We have a problem we are trying to resolve. We have enough resources to help our own people, we're responsible for our own people /That does not mean, not allow that nobody from outside will intervene in our country to resolve our own problem." Last week the government broke a nearly two-year silence on data, which showed the country's medical CRISIS continuing to worsen... The results: infant mortality rose 30 percent, mortality rates for pregnant women and those who just gave birth up 65 percent, and malaria shot up 76 percent last year. Days after the data was released, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro replaced the country's health minister as a show of action.. But so far, these medical professionals say they have not seen the results, warning the public "Don't get ill, there are no medicines."