Chavez Praises Cuban Cooperation with Venezuela

Campaign News | Monday, 1 October 2007

Havana, Oct 1 (acn) Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Sunday that his country owes a lot more to Cuba "for its medical assistance

than what Cuba could owe Venezuela for its oil supply to the island."

During his radio and television program 'Alo Presidente', Chavez noted that the 30,000 Cuban doctors and nurses that have been working in the

South American country for a more than five years have saved more lives than in the history of public health in Venezuela. "That is invaluable. It is a lot more than what we contribute with our modest oil supplies," he stressed.

"Those foolish people who are accusing us of selling petroleum at bargain prices to Cuba should ask themselves: in objective prices, what

is worth more? The oil barrels we sell to Cuba or this?

The Venezuelan president added that almost nine million people receive permanent rehabilitation treatment while some 60 million medical

treatments have been given by the Cuban health personnel in Venezuela free ofcharge.

"According to statistics from the Health Ministry, this year alone, they have saved the lives of 1,153 children," concluded Chavez.

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