Camagüey, Jul 27.- In spite of the 47-year-old trade blockade against the island and an economic situation that has been worsen by the devastation of three major hurricanes in 2008, plus the current global financial crisis; the Cuban State worries for providing excellent and free treatment to patients suffering from cancer.
Children suffering from illnesses such as leukemia, hemophilia and others are admitted to the Oncohaematology Unit at Eduardo Agramonte Piña Pediatric Hospital, in Camaguey, where they are treated with cutting edge medical technology and receive free attention.
Some of the drugs for treating such diseases are manufactured in the country, although most of them -made in the labs of our northern neighbor- must be purchased in the world market at very high prices, because the US blockade on Cuba impede the Caribbean Island to buy them there.
According to doctor María Josefa Plá, in charge of the Hematology Services of Eduardo Agramonte Piña Paediatric Hospital, Non-governmental Organizations like Novo Nordisk, from Switzerland, collaborate with Cuba, helping a lot to our children with cancer.
Plá also highlighted that apart from medical treatment, the attention and love given by the staff who works at the unit is quite important for those kids, for the quality of life of the patients and their families improve. (Mariela Peña Seguí/Translated by Gualveris Rosales Sánchez/Radio Cadena Agramonte).