Sunday, October 6, 2013

Cholera in Cuba: Regime spin continues as body count rises

Totalitarian regimes lie and in a healthcare crisis that means more people die
Cholera and totalitarianism: a dangerous combination
Last wrote about this in September, but the continued propaganda offensive by the dictatorship to claim that the cholera outbreak in Cuba is over but the reality on the ground necessitates speaking out.

There is also now the need to mention that in addition to cholera dissidents are now reporting that dengue has returned in force and is not being reported in the official press.

Pan American Health Organization now reports that Cuban authorities informed on September 27, 2013 that there have been 678 cases of cholera and 3 deaths but now claim that there are no new cases reported as of October 1, 2013. 

The Cuban regime made the same claim that the outbreak was over more than a year earlier on August 29, 2013 when they admitted that there had been 417 cholera cases and 3 cholera deaths.

An employee of the public health ministry, "who declined to be identified because he was not authorized to comment to the media," told Reuters on August 22, 2013: "There is cholera in various places and you can imagine we are having a very busy summer ..."Many of us think the government should stop keeping it a secret."

Despite the protests by Raul Castro the response by the Cuban government to this healthcare emergency speaks volumes about the real nature of a system which prioritizes appearances over lives.

Cuban dissident journalist Calixto Martinez broke the cholera story at the cost of nearly seven months in prison which earned him a designation as an Amnesty International prisoner of conscience.

As the cover up continues the body count continues to rise.

Travelers to Cuba should be wary and take precautions for both cholera and dengue not to mention common sense precautions with regards to crime which is unreported by Cuban officials.

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