Four Venezuelan children in need of bone marrow transplants, to save their lives, will be treated in Cuba, announced President Nicolás Maduro, who explained that the children's recovery was being affected by escalating U.S. sanctions.
The President thanked the Cuban people and authorities for their solidarity to save the lives of Venezuelan citizens, "victims of the economic war that the United States has launched" against the South American nation, including sanctions that prevent the Bolivarian government from funding assistance programs abroad and acquiring medications.
"President Nicolás Maduro, this is our duty. Venezuela can always count on Cuba," was Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel's response, given his Venezuelan counterpart's expression of gratitude.
The Bolivarian government has allocated six million additional euros for the purchase of medicines and to cover pending treatments, funds that were retained by a U.S. financial institution.