US economic blockade takes the life of a child in Venezuela

The economic and financial blockade imposed by the United States on Venezuela yesterday took the life of a 6-year-old boy who required a bone marrow transplant, informed the Foreign Minister of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza, who cataloged the event as a “Criminal and inhumane act”.

Giovanny Figuera, the infant who died, was part of the list of Venezuelan children waiting for a transplant and specialized drugs that are acquired and processed through a program run by Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa), a state-owned company that suffers from the embargo of the administration of Donald Trump.

“We have weeks denouncing that children like Giovanny could die due to the US blockade. I ratify, without journalistic decontextualizations: to generate suffering and pain through an economic blockade to change a government by force, is a criminal and inhuman act”, the FM published through his Twitter account @jaarreaza.

The executive secretary of the National Council of Human Rights, Larry Devoe, also announced the fact when notifying that “the economic and financial blockade has prevented the State from ensuring a continuous supply of specialized drugs” required by patients suffering from high-risk diseases, since the payment to suppliers is impeded, the resources destined for this purpose are frozen.

“On several occasions, the international bank has canceled and rendered ineffective the transfers requested by PDVSA and other institutions for € 4,851,278 for the treatment of patients with leukemia”, he said through his account @ LarryDevoe.

He also stressed that the financial blockade has prevented the resources transfer to the Bone Marrow Transplant Association in Italy to ensure the continuity of the agreement and the treatment of new patients.

For Devoe, this fact confirms the denunciations that the Venezuelan State has been making before human rights experts of the United Nations Organization (UNO). The international bank has manifested the cancellation of the transfers requested to PDVSA for the treatment of patients suffering from leukemia.

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