From our Bureau of Socialist Black Humor with some assistance from our Bureau of Socialist Contempt for Humanity
As a Cuban refrain has it, “esto le pone la tapa al pomo!” (this puts the lid on the bottle). Yes. This is something really bad, something cruel, inexcusable, and deliberately vicious.
The very same dictatorship that is unable to control the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses such as Dengue has just erected a statue that might as well be a giant middle finger that says “váyanse p’al carajo!” to all Cubans.
Carlos Finlay’s pioneering research proved in 1881-82 that the genus Aedes mosquito was the organism, or vector, that transmit yellow fever. And he was therefore the first man on earth to recommend the control of the mosquito population as a way to control the spread of the disease.
Finlay, who was fluent in Latin, French, German, and English, in addition to his native Cuban Spanish, was ridiculed and dismissed as a “crank” for two decades. Then, in the early 1900’s an American commission headed by Walter Reed concluded that Finlay was correct, and the rest is history. Of course, Walter Reed got all the credit and has been hailed as a hero here in the U.S. ever since then.
Finlay, whose discovery has saved billions of lives, deserves monuments, yes. As a matter of fact, a monument to Finlay was erected a century ago (1921) in a park named after him in Old Havana, which is where I first learned of his great gift to humanity.
Why spend valuable resources on this monument now? The best possible way of celebrating Finlay’s memory at this time would have been a fumigation program against the genus Aedes mosquito. The monument unveiled last week is a cruel manifestation of Castro, Inc.’s utter contempt for the Cuban people.
Ironically — and also fittingly, in keeping with Castro, Inc.’s penchant for black humor — the new monument is surrounded by water in which genus Aedes mosquitos will surely breed. As for the obvious UFO symbolism of the monument, well, let’s start an interpreting contest . . . go ahead, interpret away . . .
Loosely translated from Periódico Cubano
On the 189th anniversary of the birth of Cuban scientist Carlos Juan Finlay, the Castro regime inaugurated a statue in commemoration of the man who discovered the vector that transmits yellow fever. However, he has not been able to eradicate the proliferation of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is why dengue rates are the highest in several decades.
According to a report by the official Granma newspaper, the full-body sculpture was created by José Villa Soberón, Cuba’s National Prize for Plastic Arts, and is located in front of the Finlay Vaccine Institute.
The work is made of bronze, like other emblematic sculptures of Villa Soberón such as the Benny Moré on the Paseo del Prado in Cienfuegos, the Caballero de París in front of the San Francisco de Asís Convent in Havana, Ernest Hemingway sitting at the Floridita bar, or the John Lennon of the park of 17 and 6 in the Cuban capital.
The occasion was propitious for both the Ministry of Public Health (Minsap) and the Ministry of Culture (Mincult) for official propaganda to celebrate “the advances in Cuban medicine.” In this sense, they exemplified that Cuban vaccines against the coronavirus were created from the Finlay Institute, despite the fact that these drugs never received approval from the World Health Organization (WHO).
Simpler tasks such as reducing dengue cases due to the proliferation of the aedes aegypti mosquito that the Cuban scientist himself identified more than 100 years ago cannot be solved by the “medical power” in the 21st century.
The eastern provinces of the country are the ones with the highest prevalence of dengue, especially Santiago de Cuba and Guantanamo. The disease has claimed the lives of dozens of Cubans in recent months, including several doctors and medical students who could not celebrate the anniversary of this December 3.
One of those recently deceased young people was the medical student Carlos Enrique Salgado Fuentes, who had complications with dengue in the city of Baracoa, Guantanamo.
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