Washington’s delegation responded by falsely claiming that the U.S. is the main source of several supplies to Cuba, including medicine.
They tried to twist the facts in light of the nearly unanimous condemnation at the UN General Assembly: 187 nations in favor of lifting the 50-year-old blockade.
The statements of the Washington’s UN representatives totally contradict reality. U.S. administrations, including that of President Barack Obama, have done their best to prevent Cuba from acquiring important medicine, equipment and spare parts to assist patients.
The health sector is the most sensitive. Although the Cuban government prioritizes the budgets earmarked for health and education, shortages affect these vulnerable areas.
The acquisition of medicine and spare parts for medical equipment implies using intermediaries and goods in far-away markets as a result of the blockade imposed by Washington.
Sometimes Cuba cannot count on the most appropriate medicine to treat certain diseases. And many times this occurs at a crucial moment to save a human life.
Relatives of Cuban children who suffer from cancer know very well about this because they, together with doctors and nurses, face limitations everyday.
Infants with that disease must regularly receive an injection as the nursing staff does not have the sophisticated equipment which prevents children from being repeatedly injected.
An example of such set of instruments is the under-skin catheters, available only in the United States.
On the other hand, we have the case of Havana’s Institute of Oncology and Radiobiology. It can’t use radioactive iodine plates for treating children and adults with tumors in the retina because the plates can only be bought from the United States.
Here in Havana, the cardio-center of the William Soler children’s hospital is labelled as “denied” by the U.S. Department of the Treasury since 2007.
We have mentioned just a few examples of the impact of the U.S. blockade on Cuba’s health care system, although we could list many more.
Cuba presented solid arguments which supported the demand at the UN General Assembly, condemning the genocidal blockade for the 19th time.
In spite of the desperate diatribes of the U.S. government, 97 percent of UN member nations rejected Washington’s blockade against Cuba.
The United States only had the spurious support of Israel, its gendarme in the Middle East.
They also took refuge in fallacies and lies, as spokespersons do in Washington -- trying their best to hide the fact that U.S. policies actually undermine medical care for children and adults here in Cuba.
RADIO HAVANA CUBA