Minister of Internal Trade denies elimination of medical plans in Cuba

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The head of the Cuban Ministry of Internal Trade (MINCIN), Betsy Díaz Velázquez, assured the island’s official media claim that the news that the medical regimes provided in the country to people suffering from various ailments have been phased out is false.

The rumors have arisen from the delay of several months in the delivery of foods that make up the diets, which are due to problems in shipping the products from the ports of origin, the minister explained.

As Díaz Velázquez commented in Agencia Cubana de Noticias (ACN) the press agency, since September there has been a deficit in imports of powdered milk, which arrives in the country from abroad, with which the provinces of Havana, Santiago de Cuba, Holguín are mainly affected , Pinar del Río and Guantanamo.

Because of this situation, the deficit must be maintained and there will also be no powdered milk imported next November, according to the minister, who clarified that this is a consequence of the fact that due to of the American embargo this product is imported from distant lands like New Zealand.

State media added that in October, an attempt was made to guarantee milk for children aged 0 to 6, as well as pregnant women on medical prescription.

A similar situation occurred with other products such as chicken and rice, the distribution of which in several provinces was also affected. For this, “other alternatives” were sought and in the coming weeks “this problem will be gradually resolved”, explained the minister.

Cuba is going through a severe economic crisis, marked by commodity shortages and rising inflation, and exacerbated by the pandemic and US sanctions. Faced with this scenario, the island’s authorities have taken a series of measures to increase productivity, which have not yet given the expected results, and announced the large-scale reopening of tourism from mid-November. .

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