Cuban dictatorship can’t control Dengue, but erects new monument to Cuban who discovered mosquito-borne illnesses

Monument that mocks all Cubans and dishonors Finlay

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 . . .

The old monument and the real meaning of the new one

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.

Continue reading HERE in Spanish

8 thoughts on “Cuban dictatorship can’t control Dengue, but erects new monument to Cuban who discovered mosquito-borne illnesses”

  1. They are tasteless people with no class and very given to impropriety. It obviously doesn’t bother them, partly because they’re degenerate and partly because they expect to get away with it. Note that the tacky thing is painted gold, the overall design sucks, and of course the little matter of the standing water.

    There may be a “Fuck you” element here, but I expect it’s more a matter of being so steeped in BS, false fronts and propaganda posturing that they may truly not see how much of a papelazo this is.

    This is what happens when the worst elements of society get to be in charge. Beyond appalling.

  2. OMG, what an eyesore! The execution is horrible. Instead of looking like a dignified and brilliant doctor, this Finlay statue makes the esteemed doctor look like a cheap carnival barker. Compare this statue to the pre-castro statue of the same subject. Also, why put him in the middle of a fountain? It only heightens the tackiness. Is there anybody left in Cuba with common sense and good taste? Just when you thought that Cuba could not get anymore Latrine and third world things like this happen.

  3. This is an example of the concept that if you can’t do something even tolerably OK, then don’t do it, especially if you’re going to put it on display for all to see. Of course, this was certainly not done to honor Finlay or to provide a monument worth looking at, but for ultimately political reasons (surprise!).

    Cuba’s status as a “medical powerhouse,” which was always bunk, is now in shreds, so reminding people of Finlay’s great contribution to health is a (very) lame attempt to prop up “revolutionary” medicine–with someone quite alien to it. It’s not just pathetic but laughable.

  4. In the great movie The Twelve Chairs people are racing to find certain chairs. They go to the Bureau of Furniture (mocking government complications and red tape) and walk down the hall past doors that read The Bureau of Lamps, The Bureau of Tables, and, of course, The Bureau of Bureaus before they get to the Bureau of Chairs.

    Every tine our esteemed Professor says from our Bureau of… with his witty names for them, I think of that wonderful scene.

  5. It is an interactive monument. The algae filled water will soon have mosquitos hatching. Thus, when you visit the monument you will get dengue and then more fully appreciate the good doctor discovering why you will get sick and possibly die. Communist are very education focused ya know.

    On a more serious note. Communist are forced to ignore truth for so long that eventually they can no longer think. It is a form of madness.

  6. Martin,

    OMG, I didn’t think about that! Bull’s eye! Bingo! You are totally right! That’s a stagnant pool of water! It will only serve as an infested breeding ground for mosquitos. Ironic, but not surprising, since castro’s regime was always the opposite of what it said it was. We went from being a country with a higher standard of living than the rest of Latin America as well as Spain, Italy, Portugal and Greece to a miserable third world country on par with Haiti, Guatemala and Honduras. No wonder the founder’s tomb of that shithole “revolution” is a hideous rock. He took Cuba back to the stone ages and Finlay’s monument will serve to produce more mosquitos in a country already infested by mosquitos. Perhaps they will even spread not just Dengue, but yellow fever too!

    • Yes, the “revolution” is so fucked up it cannot even see the flagrant irony of this lousy monument. Of course, it doesn’t give a shit one way or the other, so I suppose it doesn’t have to see it.

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