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Cuba’s health system victim of the US blockade

Cuba’s health system victim of the US blockade

Havana, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) The economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba encumbers the procurement of pivotal raw materials to face up to health contingencies in the country, an authorized source said Thursday.

In a meeting with both domestic and foreign press, the Cuban Public Health Minister Jose Angel Portal stated how the US blockade preclude providers from receiving payments even Cuba has financial support.

The number of obstacles is indescribable, Portal argued in relation to US policy, while adding the difficulties suffered by international logistics and the low foreign currency availability.

Portal recognized that despite the difficult context in relation to medicine supply for local pharmacies and hospitals, the country is still looking for alternatives.

The Covid-19 led us to have to prioritize care for coronavirus-infected people, and prevention, he said, while mentioning how it was necessary to spend so much money on buying PCR testings to detect SARS-CoV-2.


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