VP Maduro lands in Havana to meet with President Chávez
He travelled along with Minister of Petroleum and Mining Rafael Ramírez
Adriana Sívori, on her Twitter account @SivoriteleSUR, briefed on the arrival. For its part, state-run news agency Agencia Venezolana de Noticias (AVN) noted that Maduro was joined by Minister of Petroleum and Mining and President of state-run oil holding Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa) Rafael Ramírez.
"Vice-President Maduro was welcome by the Foreign Ministers of Venezuela and Cuba, Elías Jaua and Bruno Rodríguez, respectively, and by Venezuelan Solicitor General Cilia Flores," the news agency spelled out.
"We are taking a set of items for consultation and decision making. Together with Foreign Minister Elías Jaua, we will represent our homeland at the Second Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, Celac, in Santiago, Chile," Maduro said shortly before leaving for his meeting with Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, in recovery from a cancer surgery underwent on December 11.
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.