According to the media and Michael Moore, Cuba’s healthcare system is the envy of the world. You will rarely come across a story on the apartheid Castro regime that does not include praise for their “universal healthcare” system that they say provides first-world healthcare to Cubans. The reality, however, tells a different story.
For a country that supposedly has “first-world” healthcare, they sure do seem to have an awful lot of problems with third-world diseases. Dengue and cholera have been plaguing Cuba for a few years now and according to new reports coming from the island, Malaria is now sweeping through the town of Cienfuegos.
Where is Michael Moore when you need him?
Nearly a dozen people diagnosed with malaria are hospitalized in Cienfuegos
About a dozen people are hospitalized at the Gustavo Aldereguía Lima hospital in Cienfuegos after being diagnosed with malaria, which was detected in Rodas, a municipality in southern central Cuba.
The disease is caused by plasmodium, a parasite that is transmitted to humans by the bite of a female genus anopheles mosquito. It is potentially deadly and affects large areas across the globe.
“Sanitation work is being carried out. They have eliminated the water lilies in the Damují River and we are in the middle of a campaign of intense fumigation in the streets,” said a nurse at the Rodas clinic who declined to give her name to the independent press for fear of reprisals.
“This is something you can’t talk about unofficially. The Health Minister, Roberto Morales Ojeda, has visited the province several times in recent weeks,” says the nurse.
Morales, born in Rodas, previously served as director of the Municipal Unit of Hygiene and Epidemiology of that municipality and municipal director of Health in Rodas and Cienfuegos.
According to one former Rodas resident who now lives in Miami, alarm has spread across the population, which has about 30,000 inhabitants.
“Relatives call and talk about the situation the population is facing, but when you check press reports you do not find any information,” said the former resident.
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