Havana, Oct 16 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban health system, which provides a population of eleven million with free medical care, lacks, or must pay much more, today for medical supplies to treat children who suffer from heart disease.
This is one of the most criminal aspects of the US blockade imposed on Cuba for nearly 60 years.
Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel has described the policy as genocidal, with recent moves seeking to cut off fuel supplies to Cuba.
Due to this practice, children’s cardiology centers on the island face difficulties is securing access to certain medicines including Prostaglandin, which can save the lives of children in need of surgery.
The Director of the Cardiology Department of the Ignacio Agramonte Hospital, located in the central province of Camagüey, stressed that even though Prostaglandin is critical to urgently treat newborns suffering from severe heart disease, the imposition of the harsh and cruel US policy increases the cost of this medicine, since it must be acquired by a third country, when it could be obtained at a lower cost in the United States.
He added that a similar situation surrounds latest generation antiarrhythmic agents, which means health personnel are sometimes left with no option but to give infants other similar drugs, but without the same results.