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US Embargo Harming Children with Cancer

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The recently held Panel at the National Institute of Oncology and Radiobiology discussed the negative consequences of the US blockade on the Cuban public health sector.

A recent panel consisting of some of Cuba’s leading doctors and medical specialists was held at the National Institute of Oncology and Radiology (INOR) in Havana.  The Panel discussed the negative consequences of the United States embargo against Cuba’s public health care system. Members of the Panel included Dr. Tania Crombet Ramos, Dr. Jesús de los Santos Renó, Dr. Lorenzo Anasagasti Ángulo, and Cuban deputies Dr. Jorge González Pérez, Dr. Jorge Luis Fernández Yero, and Dr. María Caridad Rubio.  The Cold War policy has been found to affect public health by limiting the access to information, to medicines and medical equipment and, most disturbingly, it harms the most vulnerable of society, the children suffering from childhood cancers. Cuba’s public health sector is one of the most seriously affected sectors of the economy. Since 1962, the US policy has not achieved any of its goals but has blocked Cuba’s access to international markets and banking, which in turn, has had an immensely negative effect on economic development. Between April to March 31, 2017, the current estimates of the monetary damage by the U.S. embargo to the healthcare sector alone stand at $2,711,600,00 US.  Since the beginning of the embargo, the total amount is…

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