Cuba suffers water shortages and soap is scare, yet the media calls it a ‘medical power’

While coronavirus spreads across the island, half a million Cubans, the majority in Havana, have no running water and soap is difficult if not impossible to find. There are shortages of medicine and doctors while the country’s healthcare system is in tatters. So how does the international media describe socialist Cuba in these times? As a “medical power.”

This “fake news,” however, is nothing new. It is the same fake news the media has been spreading in support and defense of the communist Castro dictatorship for decades.

Mamela Fiallo Flor reports in PanAm Post:

How Can Cuba Be a Medical Power When Its People Don’t Have Soap and Water?

Frequent hand-washing is crucial protection against the coronavirus. But 513,000 Cubans have no access to water, according to the president of the National Institute of Hydraulic Resources

More than half a million Cubans have no access to water. Frequent hand-washing with soap and water is the first advice we get for crucial protection against the coronavirus. However, Cubans do not have the basics for their survival.

About 21.3% of Havana does not have continuous access to water, 468,721 people out of a total of 2.2 million inhabitants. 469,000 in all of western Cuba are without water. Figures from the National Institute of Hydraulic Resources (INRH) state that another 23,000 people in the central zone of the country do not have this vital liquid, nor do 21,000 in the east, making a total of 513,000 in the country.

Antonio Rodríguez, president of INRH, acknowledged the shortage of supplies on the island on Cuban television. In the program, Mesa Redonda, he explained that 111 sources of water supply are affected, 89 partially, and another 22 totally. He also explained that only one of the five catchment areas that supply water to Havana is functioning.

In other words, despite the propaganda of the Communist Party that has sold the world that Cuba is a medical power, the island does not even offer sanitary conditions for its inhabitants, starting with the first procedure to avoid the spread of the coronavirus: hand washing. Not only is there a lack of water, but soap (the second most important element to protect oneself from the COVID-19) is considered a luxury item, and therefore, scarce.

This was revealed when a group of Chileans was unable to leave the country because the regime closed the island’s airports due to the pandemic. Chilean actress and activist Carolina Cox caused an international stir after she demonstrated for months against the government of Sebastián Piñera, who she later begged for help to leave Cuba, where she was restricted from using credit cards, and there was not even any soap or medicine.

Like her, dozens of foreigners who defended the socialist model from the comfort of countries with free economies, where, with an iPhone and mobile data, they demanded the destruction of the free market system, begged to leave the socialist “utopia.”

According to testimonies compiled by Radio Martí, like that of activist María López, there is water “every three, five, or eight days. So they have no means of protecting themselves from the coronavirus or any other disease.”

After Havana, the most-affected region is the east. In Santiago de Cuba, the situation was described as “critical,” since water reaches homes every “month to two months.”

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2 thoughts on “Cuba suffers water shortages and soap is scare, yet the media calls it a ‘medical power’”

  1. How? I thought I’d dealt with this already. Repeatedly. There are multiple terms for it, ranging from the elegant (incompetence) to the brutally honest (complicit hijeputez). No matter what you call it, it’s BS.

  2. And again, by the standards of the time, Cuba was FAR more advanced and “state of the art” in the 1950s than it is now. I mean, it’s like day and night, and everybody DOES know it or can easily find out, but the problem is NOT ignorance or lack of data but willful blindness (or worse).

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