Venezuelan FM in Cuba for President Chávez's instructions
The Venezuelan foreign minister held a meeting with his Cuban counterpart
The foreign minister said that his visit to Cuba aims at discussing with President Chávez some aspects concerning the summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States and the European Union, which will be held next weekend in Chile.
"We have also seized the opportunity to hold a working meeting and outline some joint cooperation and political agreements between our governments," he added.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
The news marked an ominous beginning, health-wise, of the year 2015: the Cardiovascular Surgery Unit at Hospital Clínico Universitario, one of the country's largest teaching hospitals, was to close completely on January 5 due to lack of medicines and surgical supplies. All patients who were waiting to be operated on were sent home. More than 10 patients waiting for surgery reportedly died there from lack of basic medical supplies in the two months prior to the closure.