Medical Program for Venezuelan Children Affected by US Blockade

Caracas, May 10 (Prensa Latina) The government program for the care abroad of Venezuelan children with chronic diseases is currently affected by the unilateral blockade imposed by the United States on this South American country.

Douglas Guevara, Isabella’s father, a 21-month-old girl, in need of a liver transplant repudiated the application of the asphyxiating economic sanctions of Washington and its allies, which makes Venezuela impossible to purchase supplies for the health sector.

The measure puts at risk the lives of dozens of children in need of medical care in other nations, authorities said.

In case of Isabella, her father explained that she was benefited to receive treatment at the Italian Hospital in Buenos Aires, Argentina, through the assistance program for special cases funded by the Government through Citgo, a subsidiary of the state-owned oil company Petroleos de Venezuela S.A., (PDVSA) in the US state of Texas.

The Venezuelan Foreign Ministry said that in Argentina through assistance projects sponsored by Venezuela about 109 children have been treated since 2008, who received liver transplants and subsequent treatments. However, the authorities from the Ministry of Health reported that six children have not currently completed their post-transplant treatment and one of them is waiting for a renal surgery.


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