Brazilian ex-president Lula da Silva to visit President Chávez in Cuba
The former Brazilian president will meet in the next 48 hours with Cuban President Raúl Castro, who on Monday in Chile took over the pro tempore chair of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac)
The former president was welcomed by Cuban Foreign Minister Ana Teresa González Fraga at the José Martí International Airport. He is also expected to meet in the next 48 hours with Cuban President Raúl Castro, who on Monday in Chile took over the pro tempore chair of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac).
According to the Brazilian press, Da Silva intends to visit Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez, who is currently in Havana recovering from a cancer surgery.
However, based on information revealed by Da Silva's aides, the Brazilian former president will not meet with the Venezuelan leader.
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.