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Alarming And Strange Increase In Illness Among Cuban Colleagues In Venezuela

Alarming And Strange Increase In Illness Among Cuban Colleagues In
Venezuela / Juan Juan Almeida
Posted on August 15, 2015

Juan Juan Almeida, 11 August 2015 — The suspicious increase in certain
inopportune illnesses is now the most sensitive factor for the normal
development of the Cuban medical mission in Venezuela.

During the present year, and especially in these last weeks, an alarming
and strange increase has been reported in the number of Cubans who get
sick while fulfilling their “internationalist” service.

Undisclosed official data reveal that up to week 28 of 2015, there have
been 514 cases of Cubans affected by respiratory infections, mainly
caused by outbreaks of H3N2 influenza, Rinovirus, Parainfluenza and
Metapneumovirus. The states with the highest rate of those affected are
the Distrito Capital, Barinas, Monagas, Falcón, Sucre, Nueva Esparta,
Mérida, Trujillo, Vargas, Carabobo, Bolívar, Yaracuy, Amazonas, Cojedes
and Lara.

It’s equally noticeable that by the end of week 29, also this year,
there were already 33 new cases of dengue fever reported versus 33 in
the previous week, bringing to more than 900 the total figure of those
affected since January. And much more curious is that during the same
time period, 17,391 Cubans have been under quarantine; of these, 12,870
have been in contact with dengue fever, suspected of having contracted
Chikungunya fever and other undiagnosed fevers, while 4,184 colleagues
were under watch for cholera.

The Party ideologues and the paranoiacs of MINIT do not hold cards
without playing them and already have organized a whole novel of
pathological persecution. They are taking advantage of the occasion to
implement the usual model of fear, blaming such an anomalous situation
on the premeditated undercover actions of their everlasting and eternal
enemy, the CIA.

In spite of this melodrama, the reality is worrisome. Ever more so when,
coincidentally, in the States of Aragua, Carabobo, Zulia, Distrito
Capital and Cojedes during the same week, 90 nurses, 23 doctors, 29
laboratory technicians and 20 dentists, through negligence and/or bad
manipulation of needles, scalpels and biological waste, suffered what
are defined as “occupational accidents through exposure to patients’
blood and bodily fluids,” contaminating themselves with infections that
are sometimes diagnosed and sometimes unknown.

The Venezuela medical mission is an important bulwark for Cuban
propaganda, and the Cuban authorities, in addition to losing
credibility, aren’t acknowledging a failure in this field. Then, in the
face of so much going wrong, they developed in Havana in record time a
detailed plan that they took to every head of the mission in the
different Venezuelan states: a document of alert entitled
“Epidemiological Update,” from which I took all these data.

The text orders the reprogramming of biosecurity courses among staff and
requires all personnel (doctors, nurses, laboratory assistants,
dentists, podiatrists, etc.) to pay special attention to secure methods
in treating patients, as well as directing them to maintain constant
communication and interchange with the new epidemiology monitoring centers.

In the Cuban health system, like the war in Angola, the casualties
aren’t counted; the only thing that matters is victory.

Translated by Regina Anavy

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