From our Bureau of Truly Shocking and Unacceptable Lapses at the Ministry of Truth
Wow. This doesn’t happen very often in Castrogonia. A government publication has called Castro, Inc.’s Minister of Public Health a liar. Even more shocking: That brave newspaper has revealed the full extent of the health crisis that is currently assailing the country.
This raises a question: How many heads are going to roll at this newspaper? Such behavior is intolerable.
Meanwhile, another death from hemorrhagic Dengue has been reported on social media. This latest victim was a 60-year-old man from Matanzas. God only knows how many other deaths are going unreported. Yesterday, The Cuban Observatory of Human Rights (Observatorio Cubano de Derechos Humanos /OCDH) issued a condemnation of the Cuban dictatorship’s handling of the current mega-crisis which involves epidemics, food shortages, water shortages, medicine shortages, power blackouts, and political repression.
Loosely translated from Diario de Cuba
Despite the declarations of the Minister of Public Health of Cuba, José Ángel Portal Miranda, before the National Assembly of People’s Power, in which he denied that the island’s health system is collapsed due to dengue, the official press was in charge of denying it within hours.
“There is no collapse in services, beyond any specific organizational problem that we may have in some of our institutions,” said Portal Miranda, according to the state channel Cubavisión Internacional.
The minister accused the “enemies of the Revolution” of spreading the opinion matrix that the island’s health system is collapsed, an assumption that he described as “totally unreal”, despite the complaints, including images, of people in overwhelmed hospitals.
Now the official newspaper Girón adds arguments to the denial, in a report from the Doctor Mario Muñoz Monroy General Teaching Hospital, in Colón, in Matanzas. There, according to its director, Yailen Pérez Rosales, there are 253 real beds that offer services to children and adults, but the dengue outbreak in recent weeks “threatened the center’s care capacities, both in terms of logistics and of human resources”, says the text.
“In the month of June, 248 patients were admitted to Pediatrics and 311 to Medicine, for a total of 559. So far in July, we have counted 315: 154 children and 161 adults,” the official said.
“We are in an overexertion, because we are few and we have a very rigorous work scheme, but we have to pay the required attention to the children. There are many, many cases,” said Dr. Valenzuela Vera by her side.
In the care center, the theater where meetings and various activities are held had to be converted into an improvised pediatric room, while beds were placed in the corridors, so that the hospital currently has 298 beds in service.
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