Nicaraguan public hospitals refuse to treat those injured in anti-government protests

Nicaraguan public hospitals refuse to treat those injured in anti-government protests

21. 6. 2018

Medical ethics is being seriously violated in Nicaragua, which is going through one of the gravest crises in the country's modern history, causing a collapse of the health care system. According to local information provided to People in Need, some public hospitals are refusing to let in injured patients and doctors are being discouraged by the authorities to treat them.

The World Medical Association published a report which states that “armed gangs last week destroyed two vehicles being used by health workers to eliminate mosquitoes and fight diseases, such as dengue and malaria.”

"The current situation is very critical. We receive reports about human rights violations every day. We continue to support civil society organizations on spot and we are ready to respond to their current needs," says Lucia Argüellová, Head of the Latin American Program in People in Need.

In Nicaragua, tens of thousands of people are protesting against the President Daniel Ortega, his wife Rosario Murillo, who serves as the Vice-President, and their government. Over 170 people were killed in protests over the past two months, with more than 1500 injured. 

Contributions can be made through a local Nicaraguan non-profit organization Funides, and will be used to fund the treatment of the injured and for assistance to families that fell victim to the violence in Nicaragua. Specifically, the money will cover: 
- medicine and medical equipment, together with their delivery to where they are most
  needed

- costs of funerals of the victims 
- assistance to the families of the victims

The money can be sent through the bank-account 100-955597000
DEUTSCHE BANK Trust Company Americas
60 Wall Street, 28th floor
New York, NY 10005-2858
Swift. DEUTDEFF
IBAN.DE29500700100955597000
Tel.: 212-250-1125
Fax: 212-797-0342
Author: PIN