The Government of Cuba offered medical support and coordinated the care of four Venezuelan children, whose recovery was affected by the financial sanctions of the United States, reported President Nicolás Maduro.
During a working meeting at the Miraflores Palace, the president thanked last Friday the solidarity of the Cuban people and authorities for saving the lives of Venezuelan citizens, “victims of the economic war against the South American nation.”
The sanctions imposed by Washington against Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) and the embargo of the subsidiary in US territory, Citgo, as well as the blocking of Venezuelan reserves in international banks, prevent the Bolivarian Administration from maintaining the financing of assistance programs abroad and the acquisition of medicines.
The president said that the Venezuelan State works hard to solve these difficulties through various means, with the purpose of guaranteeing the specialized medical attention demanded by the patients.
As an alternative, Venezuela made the disbursement of an additional six million euros for the purchase of medicines and coverage of pending treatments, funds that were also hijacked by a financial institution.
Maduro said that the government will propose, at the Norway talks with the opposition, the release and payment of monetary resources to cover the care of high-cost diseases for Venezuelans.
The president urged the opposition forces to refrain from politicizing the medical needs of the people.
“Put political differences aside and work for the common good, for solidarity, (…) politics is the art of exposing ideas, of defending projects, (…) not of hurting to try to build strategic power”, emphasized Maduro.
Source URL: Cadena Gramonte (Prensa Latina)
Translated by JRE/EF