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Venezuela President seeks UN help to ease medicine shortage

Published:Saturday | March 25, 2017 | 3:34 PM
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during an anti-imperialist rally in Caracas, Venezuela.

The President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro has sought the assistance of the United Nations (UN) to boost supplies of medicine to his country.

In a speech televised in Venezuela yesterday, Maduro said the UN had the expertise to normalise the supply and distribution of drugs in the country.

Venezuela's Medical Federation revealed recently that hospitals now have less than five per cent of the medicines they need.

Madura blames the problems facing the people of Venezuala on the sharp decline in oil prices and what he describes as an economic war against his administration.

However, the opposition says his mismanagement is to blame for the country's worsening economic crisis.

Shortages of food and many other essential items mean Venezuelans have to face long lines almost daily to buy basic goods.