“The stories that continue to be heard are terrible: people confined to their homes without medicine; people who die because the ambulance never comes; corridors of collapsed hospitals and queues of several days to take a test. “The complaint was made by the Cuban journalist and director of the daily 14ymedio, Yoani Sánchez, on Twitter this Sunday.
Families of Cubans in exile confirmed Clarion that this is the situation that exists on the island with the advance of the Delta variant, which would have arrived in Cuba with Russian tourists, when the regime reopened tourism in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
In a lengthy article dated August 1, 14ymedio reproduces the ordeal of a nursing student infected with covid, whom no one attends.
“My name is Irasema Escobedo Herrera, I am 19 years old, I study nursing and I am infected with covid-19. I write this text desperate because no medical personnel are following up with my family and we also don’t have access to medicines. I tried to publish my words on the Facebook page of the Ministry of Public Health, but they censored me, “says the young woman.
Irasema is from Cienfuegos, about 250 km from Havana. At the end of July, on Tuesday the 20th, it felt bad, with fever and muscle aches.
“I imagined that I was infected and went immediately to the Aracelio Rodríguez Castellón de Cumanayagua Polyclinic. there were no antigen tests or molecular tests, although there is a list of more than 400 pending people because since Sunday, July 18, these materials did not arrive, “he says in a first-person note.
In a country famous for its export of doctors to the whole world, in a juicy business, in the polyclinic there was only one doctor to attend to the hundreds of people who had approached. When the test kits arrived days later, there was still a single doctor and 300 people lining up to get tested. Some left because the wait was unbearable.
The young woman wondered: “Where are the doctors in my municipality? Where have those hundreds of professionals who graduate annually in my province in the faculties of medicine and nursing? “.
Vaccinated with Abdala
Irasema tested positive. And she was sent home, without any medication because she had already been vaccinated. As a nursing student, the young woman received three doses of the Cuban vaccine Abdala.
“On Saturday, July 24, the doctor from the medical office stopped by our house. When I asked her if she was going to receive any medicine or medical follow-up, she replied that people who are already vaccinated no treatment is given“, he counted.
A person with a banner participates in a protest against the Cuban vaccine Abdala sent to Caracas. Photo: EFE
His parents, who did not receive any vaccinations, became infected shortly after. On the door of the house, a sign was stuck that warned that there were people with covid there.
With the three positive cases by PCR, to the student’s house a pill never arrived to lower the fever.
“The days have passed and they haven’t brought us any medicine, although the official media repeat all the time that Cuba is a medical power. What medical power do they speak of, when there is not even a pill to lower a child’s fever? What medical power do they talk about when it is not possible to X-ray a person with COVID-19 pneumonia? “He lamented.
The situation for the whole family got even more complicated prevented from going out to buy food.
“On top of that,” says Irasema, “since we cannot leave the house, our possibilities of buying food are absolutely canceled, but they have not brought us any food supply. “
Irasema’s situation is only one. But there is more.
“There are so many similar stories happening in this country. Very painful,” Yoani Sánchez wrote in a tweet.
The Covid outbreak in Cuba occurs at a time when a new movement against the regime reverberates on the island that has taken the Cuban leadership by surprise.
Demonstrations against the regime in Havana in mid-July. Photo: Reuters
The protest movement thrives on social media, especially Facebook. This weekend the internet cuts returned, a service managed by the Cuban state.
The protests were triggered by food shortages, the pandemic and decades without freedom. The country is going through its worst crisis in the last 30 years. And the coronavirus has deepened the deficiencies.
Allied countries such as Mexico and China have been delivering humanitarian aid to the island in the worst outbreak of the pandemic.
According to the Xinhua agency, in recent days Cuba received 30 respirators from China, as part of a first shipment of medical supplies.
Mexico sent a Navy ship with a cargo of 612.5 tons with logistics supplies. Bolivia sent to Havana a shipment of 2.5 tons of syringes, 16.5 tons of food and 1.5 tons of biosafety material.
Cuba closed July with a total of 200,398 confirmed infections of covid-19 and 1,553 people died, the highest figures in a month since the first cases of the pandemic were diagnosed on the island.
Clarín newsroom with information from 14Ymedio, Xinhua and EFE