Members of the Group of Friendship with Cuba protest in front of the Angel of Independence monument demanding the cessation of the commercial and economic blockade by the United States to the island, in Mexico City on Sept 28, 2016. An official media said on Oct 12, 2017 Cuba suffered around US$87 million in damages in 2016 due to the blockade by Washington. (PEDRO PARDO / AFP)
HAVANA - Cuba suffered around US$87 million in damages last year due to the blockade maintained over five decades by Washington, official media reported on Thursday.
Jorge Gonzalez, President of the Health and Sports Commission of the Cuban parliament, said this policy against Havana has restricted the Caribbean nation from offering full services to patients, due to severe limitations in importing medical equipment and drugs from abroad.
Gonzalez stated the economic sanctions on the island are a "remnant" of the Cold War and Washington should abide by the massive support expressed by the international community to end the embargo at the UN General Assembly every year.
Over the past 25 years, Cuba has presented a yearly resolution at UN against the US economic blockade, which has been supported by most member countries.
In 2016, Cuba's report obtained 191 votes in favor while the US and Israel abstained, marking the first time in over two decades Washington did not vote against this resolution.
This year's vote will be held on Nov 1 and the US is expected to vote against it once again as US President Donald Trump has reversed the rapprochement promoted by former President Barack Obama.