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The US Blockades Health of Cuban People
30 Sep 2005
The US Blockades Health of Cuban People
Havana, Sep 30 (Prensa Latina) The US government makes it ever harder for Cuba to obtain medications and equipment to treat the sick, with its obstinate and genocidal policy of economic war against the island, the island´s authorities condemn in their report to the United Nations.

Washington´s actions have caused losses of 75,7 million dollars to the Cuban Public Health over the last ten months; however, this figure does not include the suffering inflicted on Cubans for lack of different medicines, equipments and disposable materials in hospital facilities, the document stresses.

Cuba´s report to the UN Secretary-General details the effects of the US more than 4 decade-long economic, commercial and financial blockade, which has caused losses of over 80 billon dollars.

None of the advanced health programs on the island, such as transplants, vascular surgery, nephrology and genetics, whose supplies have components made in the US, have escaped from the US harassment.

According to the text, the hostile policy also hurts children needing liver transplant as the Cuban Public Health Ministry is unable to acquire from the Abbot Laboratories the immunosuppressant Tracolimus (FK506) that is only produced by this company.

This dose-controlling equipment is indispensable to control blood levels, whose variation can result in complications by infections and secondary tumors.

In 2004, Cuba was unable to gain incomes for about 180 million dollars as it was barred from introducing in the US medicine market, world largest, the cholesterol reducer Policosanol.

The island is also unable to access to technologies, accessories and components for artificial kidney machines, negatively affecting Nephrology services that provide care for 2,000 patients, among them 30 children.

In addition, having to purchase and ship diagnostic "kits" and disposable materials for cardiology from distant nations force Havana to spend considerable amounts, when it could easily get them in the US, a potential closer supplier.

Cuba´s draft resolution on the "Need to End the US Economic, Commercial and Financial Blockade of Cuba," will be submitted to the UN General Assembly by fourteenth time.

Last year, the international community almost unanimously supported the resolution, with 179 countries in favor and four against plus one abstention.

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