Negative Impact of the Blockade on the Most Socially Sensitive Sectors
The economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed on Cuba by the US Government continues considerably affecting socially sensitive sectors, like health care and food.
Between May 2011 and April 2012, the health care sector incurred losses amounting to around 10 million dollars, mainly due to the remoteness from foreign markets and increased import prices of medicines, reagents, disposables, spare parts, medical instruments and equipment.
The William Soler Hospital, like other pediatric hospitals, does not have Levosimendan, used for the treatment of acute heart failure, which is only produced by the US ABBOTT Laboratories. The acquisition of alternative medicines for children suffering from leukemia is also affected.
From March 2011 to March 2012, damages to the food sector are estimated at 131,572,967 dollars, as a result of importing foodstuffs from distant markets, increased insurance and freight costs, plus the additional cost of tying up resources in inventories, among other factors.
Next 13 November 2012, the UN General Assembly will consider, for the twenty-first consecutive time, the draft resolution submitted by Cuba demanding the end of the blockade.
New York, 15 October 2012
(Cubaminrex/Misión Permanente de cuba ante Naciones Unidas)