The crisis in Venezuela has forced healthcare professionals to devise different means of livelihood in order to barely cover their basic needs and those of their families.
More than one hundred workers at the Central Hospital of San Cristóbal survive by selling coffee, desserts and sweets, since they say that with a salary of less than two dollars a month and the never ending inflation in the country, they cannot support their children.
“From income as an informal coffee and water seller, I get a lot. I earn around 10,000 Colombian pesos,” assures Erika Henestrosa, waitress at the healthcare center.
The hospital management has tried to regulate the situation for sanitary reasons, however, it has been complicated, since even the doctors have chosen to rely on informal sales.
“This seems like a personal market, it is not because we want it that way, but because necessity has forced us to do so,” said Henestrosa.
The workers have reaffirmed that the informal sale is what has prevented their resignation from the hospital, as have hundreds of workers before them in the health care center.