Cuban Mother with Sick Child Calls U.S. Blockade Criminal

Havana, Oct 4 (Prensa Latina) The U.S. economic blockade against Cuba is criminal because it hinders access to life-saving medicines and resources, denounced Mayelin Jimenez, mother of an eight-year-old boy with cancer.

In an interview with Prensa Latina, she stated that the current blockade for almost six decades has forced the island to seek drugs, reagents and equipment necessary for the care of human beings affected by diseases in third countries and by other means.

A year and four months ago I found myself at the Institute of Oncology and Radiology in Havana with my child, where I have seen how he is guaranteed the medicines that his treatment takes, all this despite the criminal blockade, she insisted.

For Jimenez, it is incomprehensible and unfair that the United States sanctions a democratic country recognized for its commitment to the health of the population.

I don’t have words to thank the Revolution and its doctors and health specialists, my child is immunocompromised and requires examinations and treatments which are greatly hampered by this blockade,’ she stressed.

The mother, a resident of the central province of Ciego de Avila, lamented that the situation of her little boy is that of many others dealing with cancer on the island.

According to the Cuban Ministry of Public Health, the economic, commercial and financial blockade has caused damage to the sector of more than 30 billion dollars, taking into account the depreciation of that currency against gold in the international market.

On October 31, the UN General Assembly will vote for the twenty-seventh consecutive time since 1992 on a draft resolution calling for an end to the blockade, an initiative similar to the one always categorically supported over the past three years by 191 out of 193 member states of the UN.

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