Venezuela asks UN for help as medicine dearths grow severe

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    ( CNN) President Nicolas Maduro said he has asked the United Nations for help in dealing with Venezuela’s medicine shortages, which have grown severe as the country grapples with a crippling economic crisis.

    “The United Nations has the most advanced and complete schemes in the world to retrieve the pharmaceutical industry’s production capacity and direct it toward medicines for the person or persons, ” Maduro told Friday on state-run television.

    Maduro did not elaborate on what kind of aid he was seeking, or whether the United Nations had agreed to help. The Venezuelan leader gratified Friday with Jessica Faieta, deputy administrator and director for the UN Development Program in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to nation media.

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