Venezuela has turned to the United Nations for help to increase supplies of medicines to the country.
President Nicolas Maduro said the UN has experience in normalizing drug supplies and distribution in the country.
Recently, the Venezuelan Medical Federation said hospitals had less than 5% of the required medication.
Nicolas Maduro blames the problems for the economic war against his government and the sharp drop in oil prices.
In a televised speech, he said: “I have asked for support from the United Nations to help treat the economic and social trauma suffered by our people.”
The opposition says President Maduro’s mismanagement is to blame for the worsening economic crisis in Venezuela.
The lack of food and many other essentials means that Venezuelans have to face long queues almost daily to purchase basic goods.
Medication is no exception.
Correspondents note that Nicolas Maduro’s recognition that Venezuela needs outside help is a sign of the country’s difficult situation, despite having some of the world’s largest oil reserves.