Mental health patients who rot in stool-covered cells and cockroaches

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Shocking photos from a Venezuelan psychiatric hospital highlighted the suffering of the country's mentally ill, in a national crisis.

Hospital services throughout the South American socialist nation affected are experiencing a widespread crisis, he said The sun.

To make matters worse, there is also a shortage of medicines and declining salaries of doctors and nurses who depend on the state.

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The rooms of the 126-year-old psychiatric hospital in Caracas are dirty. The bunks are not even labeled with patient names.

Cockroaches and other insects can be seen crawling on the walls, creeping into the beds of patients and nurses.

The absence of maintenance staff means garbage, human excrement and dead insects accumulated in the rooms, bathrooms and courtyards of the sprawling sanatorium.

The crisis in the hospital has become part of a public debate in a country that has been shaken by the biggest political and economic crisis in its modern history.

The largest wing of this hospital from hell has been without energy for 20 months.

Blackouts are common throughout the country even though it has huge oil reserves.

What is happening in Venezuela?

Despite having the largest oil reserves in the world and once the richest nation in South America, it is now one of the poorest countries in the world.

When oil prices plummeted in 2014, the Venezuelan government had not used the prosperous years to accumulate reserves to fall back on. Large areas of the collapsed country were left in the dark for days at a time by power outages.

People have started starving in the absence of food. But rather than raising taxes or cutting spending, the Maduro government has printed more money, which in turn has caused hyperinflation to an astonishing 1.7 million percent, which means that the currency and people's savings they are almost worthless.

More than three million Venezuelans have fled in recent years. Maduro resisted strongly the demands of an early vote or to leave power long before his second six-year term ended in 2025, triggering huge anti-government demonstrations.

This article originally appeared on The sun and has been reproduced with permission

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