Chernobil, Programa humanitario cubano

6 mayo 2010

Fidel and Raúl Castro decorated by Ukrainian President Yanukovych

Filed under: artículos,chernobil ingles — Dra. Yamila Ojeda Dennis @ 10:35
for assistance with consequences of Chernobyl accident

Juan Luis Aguilera,  CUBADEBATE,  27 MARCH 2010

With a smile on her face, little Sophia shows her notebook to Dr. Xenia.

Ukrainian Head of State Victor Yanukovych awarded a decoration to Cuban former president Fidel Castro and his successor Raúl Castro, for the help provided to children victims of the Chernobyl nuclear accident, announced the Ukrainian Presidency today.

According to a press release, President Yanukovych awarded Fidel Castro the Order of Merit in its first degree, and his brother Raúl the Yaroslav the Wise Order in its first degree, for their “important contribution to the health recovery of Chernobyl children.”

Public Health Minister José Ramón Balaguer Cabrera was decorated with Yaroslav the Wise Order in its fifth degree.

Some 23 000 children have received medical care at the Cuban rehabilitation center in Tarara to overcome the consequences of the most serious nuclear accident in history, occurring in 1986 at the Ukrainian nuclear plant of Chernobyl, states the press release, published on the Ukrainian Presidency’s web page.

The Ukrainian president expressed his “deep gratitude” to Cuban authorities for the “enormous help” given to Ukraine to overcome the consequences of the nuclear catastrophe.

At 01:24 hours on 26 April 1986, two explosions took place in reactor number four at the Chernobyl plant. The event constitutes a turning point in the history of the peaceful use of atomic energy.

The power plant, whose failure was due to a sequence of human, technical and construction errors, expelled into the atmosphere up to 200 tons of fissible material whose radioactivity was equivalent to between 100 and 500 atom bombs like the one dropped on Hiroshima.

More than 600 000 Soviet fire fighters, soldiers, officials and volunteers participated in tasks aimed at covering up the destroyed reactor and contain the lethal radiation, a heroic feat that would eventually result in the death or lifelong disability of many of them.

(With information from EFE)

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