Since 2007, the hospital is included on a list of the U.S. Department of the Treasury as a “denied hospital.” This reference center has numerous problems obtaining certain products devoted to one of the most vulnerable social sectors: children.
Such a situation has affected the carrying out of different surgical techniques because Cuba is unable to acquire – in the United States – appropriate products for children like high quality vesicle and tracheal catheters, stents, and others.
Such products are necessary to fight, for instance, a life-incompatible cardiopathy known as transposition of the great vessels. It is a disease that does not allow the pumping of required oxygen to the heart and the rest of the body.
This suffering demands an expensive treatment which costs over 100 billion in developed nations like the USA, England or France.
It includes a diagnosis, surgery, medicine, rehabilitation and patient’s follow-up. This is an alternative to make it possible for the patient to survive.
Huge efforts have been accomplished by the specialized staff of William Soler to assist patients suffering from that disease.
Restrictions imposed by the blockade make the additional expenditures increase considerably, mainly because of charter fees.
This is the result of buying the products through third nations and far-away markets.
Together with the economic damages caused by increasing prices for products and equipment in distant markets and the use of intermediaries, we have to mention the suffering of patients, relatives and medical staff who see their possibilities to assist sick people limited.
The fact is that Washington does not allow U.S. pharmaceutical companies to sell to Cuba products and technologies decisive for the treatment of several diseases.
They do this knowing that such life-saving products are only manufactured in the USA.
The life of many children suffering from cardiopathies and other diseases may be at risk because of the blockade, but it doesn’t seem to worry anyone in Washington.
Their hostile and genocidal policy has negatively affected the public healthcare sector, to a total of 15.2 million dollars between May 2009 and April 2010.
This has also caused desperation and anguish to lots of families, and such pain and suffering cannot be measured in terms of dollars.
RADIO HAVANA CUBA