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27 de Abril del 2000

CLERKS GETTING DOLLARS HAVE PRIORITY OVER SICK CUBANS. By Idelfonso Hidalgo, Cuba Free Press.

Las Tunas.- The Hospital Ernesto Guevara de la Serna (Che Guevara's full name) is going through difficult times. Six of its central X-Ray units can't be used because they lack appropriate climate control. That service has not been utilized for more than a year. Patients have been, essentially, mistreated; they have to wait three hours or more to get any sort of radiological study done.

The administrators have not been able to do much. They are not permitted to get air conditioning units or climate control facilities. People find it painful to work in such enclosed environments as X-ray rooms require, to have patients wait under those circumstances with their aches and pains, hoping not to become dehydrated in the process.

Yet, at Expo Mueble, a store on Camilo Cienfuegos Ave. between 3rd St. and A. Barrera in the Buenavista neighborhood, there are at least eight air conditioning units. Some Cubans find it difficult to understand how some bureaucrat must think it more important for a furniture store to have air conditioning than for the x-ray rooms of a Municipal Hospital.

But at the store, clerks trade in dollars while at the hospital no dollars enter, only sick citizens. And the store dollars come ahead of sick Cubans with no dollars.

Idelfonso Hidalgo, Cuba Free Press


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