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November 4, 1998, Cuba Free Press.
MALNUTRITION OF MOTHERS SAID CAUSE OF UNDERWEIGHT NEWLY BORNS By Ramón Humberto Colás, Cuba Free Press.
LAS TUNAS - Radio Victoria, the government's main local radio Station, has reported the birth of more than 50 underweight infants. Local people are saying this shows the poor quality of life of the pregnant women in this region, where the communist leadership boasts of a mortality index of eight per thousand.
The women suffer malnutrition. They are supposed to receive 500 grams (slightly more than a pint) of milk a month. The provision of fish, eggs and meat also is scarce, and its distribution is inconsistent, lagging behind for as much as a month sometimes.
In an attempt to reduce the mothers' hunger, the communist authorities have linked the pregnant women with the workers' eating houses. But there the same scant rations are served, drained by the habitual deductions of those who work there.
The husband of one of the pregnant women, requesting anonymity, asked this reporter, "Why don't the authorities allow the pregnant women to eat in the eating houses of the Communist Party, or those of the People's Power where there's plenty of meat, fish, eggs, milk and other foods?"
Ramón Humberto Colás, Cuba Free Press.
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