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Yes, Cuba Fulfills her Obligations with Haiti Print E-mail

By Arailaisy Rosabal García/ Radio Cadena Agramonte.
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Devastating, apocalyptical, painful, sad … I’m simply running out of words to describe the earthquake that hit Haiti twelve months ago. The conditions in that country were already precarious, and after the January 12th catastrophe the future of that people seemed to have been sealed:  a long lasting desolation.

One year after that event- considered by the United Nations as the worst disaster the organization had ever dealt with- the panorama hasn’t changed much. About 800,000 people are living in camps; the streets are still littered with rubbles, half of the population is lacking drinking water, only 10 percent of the promised international monetary aid has arrived, and the worst of all, the current cholera epidemic has spread throughout the country.    

Yesterday when Port-au-Prince dressed in white honoring those 316,000 Haitians who died during the quake, diverse foreign media outlets spoke about the continuous neglects concerning hundreds of promises by governments and organizations of all over the world, which seem to ignore Haiti. However, none said a word about the Cuban medical cooperation, which has reduced and kept mortality of those infected with cholera to zero during the last 17 days.

Long before the disaster, Cuba was already helping the sister Caribbean nation. Nearly 350 professionals had been working there since 1998 as part of a comprehensive health program. In the meanwhile, some 600 Haitian young people were studying at the Latin-American School of Medicine, a project founded by the leader of the Cuban Revolution.

Twenty four hours after the harrowing earthquake, an aircraft loaded with surgical and sanitary material and with more than 60 specialists departed from Havana to join those Cubans who were saving lives in neighboring country. 

In only one month, nearly 1,700 medical doctors from Cuba arrived in Haiti, and immediately began to give the first aids to the casualties and picked up the dead bodies among the dust and rubble. At first, the overcrowding in urgency rooms was such, that the personnel had to work up to 48 hours, and they couldn’t take surgeries. 

A whole of 11 premises were prepared, among them five field hospitals, with all the essential resources to provide an appropriate care in case of a catastrophe. In addition, rehabilitation centers were set up, and began to help rebuilding the Haitian health system, for instance, the reconstruction of 30 community referential hospitals.

Cuban cooperation was also key in the mitigation of the brutal psychosocial damage, fundamentally among children. The Martha Machado Artistic Brigade also arrived in this country bringing music, painting, plays and humor, to draw a new smile on the faces of the Haitian children.

With the outbreak of cholera, the Cuban medical brigade was the first one to help the people infested and today more than 56,967 have received their medical services, almost the third part of the people infested. Although 271 people died in the hands of the Cubans, these professionals have managed to reduce the mortality rate to 0.48, the lowest of all centers, some of which have announced their withdrawal next month. 

Unlike them, the help from Cuba grows day by day. A total of 34 units have been established to treat the cholera and active enquiry groups have been created to visit the furthest corners of that country, where they also work to prevent and guide the population on hwo to deal with the epidemic breaking even the barriers of language. 

Yes, Cuba has fulfilled her obligations with Haiti, and even so, dissatisfaction is big maybe because we have learnt that love has no limits, That’s why, although the foreign press ignores the greatness of these “authentic priests of the human health”, “pastors to the service of life”, “apostles and creators of a more human world” - as Fidel Castro once said about 

the Cuban medical personnel - this island nation will continue giving her heart to the people in need.(Translated by Gualveris Rosales Sanchez)

17th World Youth Festival Delegates Oppose Blockade of Cuba Print E-mail

(17th World Festival of Youth and Students)

AT the Tshwane Events Centre, where the 17th World Festival of Youth and Students is taking place, dozens of participants raised their voices in opposition to the U.S. blockade of Cuba.


Cuban Doctors Save 250000 people in Haiti Print E-mail

HAVANA , Cuba, Dec 29 (acn) Cuban doctors have saved over 250000 Haitians during the twelve years of medical cooperation in Haiti, which was devastated in 2010 by a strong earthquake and after that by the cholera pandemic.

Cuban Health vice Minister Marcias Cobas said that international cooperation with Haiti began in December 1998; it was never suspended despite coups d’état, and was intensified this year after the earthquake and the pandemic outbreak.

According to the Cuban Round Table TV Program, Cobas affirmed that Haiti has received, during these years, more than 3500 health cooperants that have performed 16 million consultations.

Cobas added that the health system of Haiti was rebuilt, as part of a Cuban initiative after the earthquake, with the support of nations from the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA), especially from Venezuela.

She mentioned that under this initiative, in progress when the cholera pandemic started, they have created more than 24 campaign hospitals and 30 rehabilitation centers.

Cobas noted that nowadays, there are more than 1334 Cuban health cooperants and that not even the pandemic has been able to stop the rebuilding process.

Cholera was detected last October 20 in a health facility with Cuban doctors and it spread right away throughout the country causing death to 2707 people. Other 115 cases were reported in the Dominican Republic, Haiti’s closest neighbor, in addition to other three in the United States. Cuban Health deputy Minister Luis Struch pointed out that after the earthquake Cuba began to monitor the epidemiologic situation of Haiti, which allowed noticing immediately this acute bacteriologic disease of high toxicity.

Struch said that the Cuban strategy against the pandemic in Haiti is to take the health services to every corner of the country.

The Rector of the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) highlighted the presence of tens of young physicians graduated in this school in the cooperation mission in Haiti.

Cuban vice Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment Ramon Ripoll noted that the solidarity of other governments with Haiti is channeled through the Cuban medical mission.

He cited the support of Norway, Spain, Australia and Namibia and stated that the distribution and use of the materials are made in conjunction with the Haitian authorities.

Cuban Authorities Investigate Crash of Cuban Airliner Print E-mail


Cuban authorities from the Interior Ministry, the Revolutionary Armed Forces, the Communist Party, and provincial government authorities continued their on-site investigations of a plane crash on Thursday, November 4 in Sancti Spiritus.
Cuban Economy Minister Reports to Union Leaders on Economic Situation Print E-mail

Cuban Economy and Planning Minister Marino Murillo reported on the current economic situation and the measures implemented to the participants at the 86th Plenary of the Cuban Workers Confederation (CTC) on October 31 in Havana.

Murillo gave details about the investments underway in the country. He lashed some that are causing Cuba to immobilize resources, and assured that the new plan includes only those that were well prepared.

The Minister said there is a disproportionate relation between the average salary and productivity, which translates in society distributing goods faster that it produces them.

There are more people employed in the service sector than in the productive one, an “occupational structure that doesn’t allow any economy to work properly” he said.

“The new measures aim at suppressing undue gratuities and excessive subsidies; removing unnecessary burdens from the State; reducing bloated payrolls and increasing work productivity.”

Murillo added that these measures will allow the government to make the necessary changes in salaries and retirement pensions.

He defined how the adjustments to bloated payrolls must be done, which will include redesigning them according to availability based on proven suitability and to implement work and salary treatment for workers that will become available for other positions.

He spoke of the increase of the self-employment possibilities and the new tax system.

(Cuban News Agency)



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