Havana, October 2 (RHC)- Serious limitations imposed by the U.S. blockade of Cuba on the island’s public health system are evident in the Cardiological center of the William Soler Pediatric Hospital, in Havana.
The center is one of the most reputed institutions in this part of the world dealing with the treatment of heart complaints in children and adolescents.
Doctor Herminia Palenzuela, Head of the institution's Health Quality Program said that the Cardiology center cannot purchase Nitric gas, manufactured in the United States.
This gas is crucial for the treatment of pulmonary hypertension resulting from cardio-thorasic surgery. This can lead to the death of patients, she said. Although there are alternative ways to deal with pulmonary hypertension, but the most effective is nitric acid, added the Cuban medical specialist.
A further limitation imposed on Cuba’s capacity to treat its children with cardiovascular complaints is the inability to purchase US-manufactured nitrous oxide, an efficient product that improves the patient’s capacity to breath.
The anesthetic product known as SEREVO FLUORANCE, considered the best product used in children’s cardiovascular surgery, has also been banned by the US blockade.