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Calls in the USA to End the Blockade against Cuba Continue

Washington, Sep 14, 2017.-  The Day Against the Blockade 2017, which seeks to end this policy imposed on Cuba by the United States, continues today after a new meeting with university students and an information session with congressmen.

Howard University of the American capital was the scene last night of a new exchange between those who promote the lifting of the blockade of more than 55 years and students interested in knowing about the island.

A panel led by Netfa Freeman, presenter of Voices With Vision on WPFW 89.3 FM radio station, was attended by young American graduates from the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) of the Caribbean country and representatives of Cuban society.

As part of this year's session that focuses on the impact of the blockade on the health sector, Abraham Vela, who graduated from ELAM in 2016, recalled his experiences in the institution and referred to the limitations that he would have had in the United States to take the course.

'It never made sense to me the absurdity of a country denying its own people, its youth, its children, the right to education and health,' he said and recalled that when he studied at the University of San Francisco before traveling to Cuba, that school suffered large budget cuts.

During a presentation in which the panelists referred to the gratuity and characteristics of the Cuban health system, Mercedes Charles, also a graduate of the ELAM, explained the operation of the Family Doctor and Nurse program as the basis of care elementary school on the island.

Meanwhile, Jesus Renó, chief of pediatrics at the National Institute of Oncology and Radiology of the Caribbean country, stressed that Cuba strives to permanently overcome the effects of the blockade in any of its areas.

'I raise the voice on behalf of all Cuban medical personnel because for many years we have suffered the effects of this policy, having to frequently change the treatment of our patients to ensure they receive a high-level assistance.'

By its part, Miguel Fraga, the first secretary of the Cuban Embassy here, said that according to several surveys most Americans want better relations with Cuba and do not support the blockade, and even the majority of Cuban-Americans are in agreement with its lifting.

He also recalled that last year at the United Nations 191 countries of the 193 members of the organization voted in favor of the end of that policy and that the former president Barack Obama (2009-2017) asked the US Congress to eliminate it.

Yesterday, the legislative body was the scene of an information session on health co-organized by the Democratic representatives Barbara Lee and Karen Bass, in which Renó and 5 US ELAM graduates referred to the impact of the restrictions imposed by Washington.

For this Thursday, the fourth day of the initiative that will last until Saturday, an event will be held at Calvary Baptist Church in Washington DC. (Cubavsbloqueo-Embacuba Estados Unidos-PL)