Chernobil, Programa humanitario cubano

7 mayo 2010

More than 25 thousand Chernobyl patients have been treated in Cuba

Filed under: artículos,chernobil ingles — Dra. Yamila Ojeda Dennis @ 14:29

Prensa Latina, 30 March 2010.

Havana, 30 March (PL) More than 25 thousand persons affected by the Chernobyl nuclear plant explosion have been cared for in Cuba to date, announced Dr. Julio Medina, director of the medical program.

Most of the patients were children from Moldova, Belarus and Ukraine, said Dr. Medina at the celebrations for the 20th anniversary of the project started on the initiative of the leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro.

Of a humanitarian character and free of charge, the program is based on integral medical care, and includes psychological rehabilitation, a balanced diet and cultural activities, remarked the specialist, who also highlighted the presence of women as an important component of the program.

Dr. Medina recalled that the first patients to arrive mostly suffered from oncohematological diseases caused by radiation, but a wide range of other illnesses have also been treated, such as thyroid, endocrine, digestive and orthopedic disorders.

All the illnesses affecting the person are treated, with a high healing rate and a great impact on the overall health of patients, he added.

For twenty years, even in the harshest economic conditions, Cuba has continued to finance and provide specialized care. During that period, six bone marrow transplants, two kidney transplants and 14 cardiovascular operations have been performed, among many other treatments, said Dr. Medina.

In the early morning of 26 April 1986, an explosion in the fourth reactor at Chernobyl plant in Ukraine expelled into the environment about 200 tons of nuclear material with a radioactivity of 50 million curies.

The first 137 patients arrived in Cuba four years later, on 29 March 1990.

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