Chernobil, Programa humanitario cubano

16 mayo 2010

Ukrainian government and people praise Cuban care to Chernobyl children

Filed under: artículos,chernobil ingles — Dra. Yamila Ojeda Dennis @ 18:48

Machado Ventura presided over the main ceremony in Tarará

Elson Concepción Pérez, Granma daily, Havana, Thursday 2 April 2010

A decoration for Commander in Chief Fidel Castro, main inspirer of the Cuban humanitarian program of medical care to Ukrainian children affected by the Chernobyl disaster and their relatives, was presented in a ceremony marking the 20th Anniversary of the arrival in Cuba of the first Chernobyl children.

José Ramón Machado Ventura, First Vicepresident of the Councils of State and of Ministers, received the decoration from Dr. Julio Medina, director of the program in the city of Tarará.

During the ceremony, former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma announced the conferral on Fidel of the Order of Merit, First Class, and on President Raúl Castro, of the Order Prince Yaroslav the Wise, First Class.

Former President Kuchma also presented awards to Public Health Minister José Ramón Balaguer and other doctors, diplomats and collaborators who have contributed to the success of the program.

In his closing remarks, Minister Balaguer said that the program of medical care to these children is an example of what a country without many material resources can do when its people have the great spiritual wealth of having been educated in a climate of solidarity, unconditional devotion and love to other people.
The minister noted that the years of the special period, the disintegration of the Soviet Union, and the intensification of the blockade could not put a dent in the Cuban people’s spirit of solidarity and humaneness, and that Cuba continues to carry out the program according to the existing possibilities.

It was during those difficult years in the 1990s that more children benefited from the program, he said. Treatment was provided to more than 300 children with hematological illnesses, chiefly leukemia, and 136 with different types of tumors, and fourteen complex heart operations were performed, as well as two kidney transplants, six bone marrow transplants, among others.´

Minister Balaguer affirmed that the victims of the disaster who have been treated in Cuba have also found consolation and love, and he praised the efforts of those who have strived over the last 20 years to provide an excellent service – workers in healthcare, science, services, gastronomy, and culture, all for the benefit of those 25 457 people, 21 378 of them children, who will always carry in their hearts the indelible friendship between the people of Ukraine and Cuba.

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