President Chávez to undergo in Cuba hyperbaric oxygen therapy
The recently reelected president is heading for Cuba for a special treatment
Diosdado Cabello, the speaker of the Venezuelan National Assembly (AN), read out a notice from President Hugo Chávez, requesting authorization to leave the country in direction to Cuba in order to undergo adjuvant treatment. He promised to be present on January 10 for his re-inauguration and in order to introduce the Country Plan 2013-2019.
"I have been recommended special treatment with multiple sessions of hyperbaric oxygen therapy which, together with physiotherapy, completes the healing process," reads the notice signed by the Venezuelan leader and read by the Congress speaker in a special session held at Bolívar Square in Maracay, the capital city of central Aragua state, on the occasion of the Military Aviation Day.
Authorization was requested from Tuesday, November 27. No date of return was specified.
In June 2011, President Chávez was diagnosed with cancer. The event did not prevent him from running for reelection and winning last October 7.
A shipment of over 30,000 tons of phosphate arrived at Puerto Cabello port in late July on board the Shi Long Ling, a Chinese-flagged vessel that began its long journey in northern Africa. The cargo boat docked on July 26 after traveling more than 3,200 nautical miles. Undoubtedly, this would just be considered one in many cargo ships crisscrossing the oceans if it were not for the fact that Venezuela has denounced Western Sahara occupation by Morocco and yet purchases the territory's natural resource products from the occupying power.