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    HEALTH IN CUBA, THE TWO FACES OF A MYTH

    HEALTH IN CUBA, THE TWO FACES OF A MYTH
    2007-04-02.
    Julián Antonio Mone Borrego, professor and president of the Miguel
    Valdés Tamayo Cuban Movement

    BARACOA, CUBA- March 30, 2007 (Professor Julián Antonio Mone
    Borrego/Puenteinfocubamiami.org) – The general condition of hospitals
    that provide medical services strictly for the Cuban people are deplorable.

    SANTA CLARA

    Santa Clara's provincial Hospital has been invaded by a plague of
    cockroaches that contaminate utensils, foods and medical material.

    The poor elaboration of foods, along with the unsanitary conditions
    heaped up the critical conditions of this hospital.

    CIEGO DE ÁVILA

    Hospitals "Antonio Luaces Iraola" and the "Hospital General Docente
    "Roberto Rodriguez", both located in the province of Ciego de Ávila, are
    lacking first aid medical tools, supplies and equipment such as
    anesthesia, needles, syringes and aerosol mouthpieces. Resulting in the
    delay of urgent surgical procedures and ultimately, forcing the
    suspension of all surgical procedures.

    The waiting list for patients in need of medical procedures is endless.
    Improper protocol for sterilization of syringes and other hospital
    instruments along with the reuse of syringes and other medical tools
    without prior sterilization, expose hospital patients to contracting
    contagious diseases.

    CAMAGÜEY

    Provincial hospitals Manuel Artime Domenech, Amalia Simoni, and "Ana
    Betancourt" a maternal and neonatal hospital, in the province of
    Camagüey, lack the necessary resources for laboratory tests, including
    for Alpha-fetoprotein test, diabetes, thyroid and renal operation tests.

    Irregularities and abuses against pregnant women pose serious mortal
    danger to mother and child during the pregnancy and during childbirth.

    LAS TUNAS

    In the provincial hospital "Ernesto Guevara" of Las Tunas, patients
    remain in a depressed and erosive atmosphere due to the prevailing poor
    health and unsanitary conditions of the health installation. The
    ceiling's facility is filled with all kinds of animal's nests.

    HOLGUÍN

    There are frequent and prolonged power blackouts in the hospital Juan
    Paz Camejo, located in the municipality of Sagua de Tánamo, forcing
    patients and doctors to use petroleum lamps where fumes coming out of
    these devices cause breathing disorders to patients.

    The above brief synthesis is just a sample of the daily deterioration of
    the health care facilities that cater only to ordinary Cubans.

    Added to the above mentioned calamities is the lack of ambulances, the
    frustration of doctors and paramedic personnel whose demands for
    supplies is ignored by authorities in the health care system toppled by
    a huge amount of paperwork, long shifts, poor diet and low wages
    exacerbated the daily misery of the medical staff working in these
    facilities.

    Let us distinguish the other face of the Cuban medical myth, revealed by
    Viñales Tours; one of many Cuban entities dedicated to the deliberate
    establishment of a kind of "medical apartheid" that consists of the
    creation of a health tourism industry and according to their promoters,
    the Cuban Health Care System is based on the principle that health care
    in Cuba is "a right of the people". They obviously forgot to clarify
    which kind of people they were referring to.

    Upon the creation of this health tourism industry, the Cuban regime
    customized medical units exclusively for tourists in each of the hotels
    that are part of the above mentioned tourism chain, where emergency
    medical care is offered twenty four hours, seven days a week.

    International pharmacies are promoted as having an array supply of both
    foreign and Cuban-manufactured medicines and high-tech medical equipment
    and services items not available to most Cubans. It would be interesting
    if the Cuban government is willing to provide records of what percentage
    of these products are available to the ordinary Cuban population.

    Reporting from Baracoa for the Information Bridge Cuba Miami, Julián
    Antonio Mone Borrego, professor and president of the Miguel Valdés
    Tamayo Cuban Movement. Given with the collaboration of Plantados Hasta
    la Libertad y la Democracia en Cuba, on the 24th day of March, 2007.

    http://www.miscelaneasdecuba.net/web/article.asp?artID=9608

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