Imperialist US has always been on the look out for any chance to attack / destabilise the tiny Socialist Cuba. The economic blockade of Cuba by US and allied countries are continuing for decades. But a surprising development has now taken place. US has praised Cuba for its humanitarian work against the dreaded disease Ebola. A rport published in Ganashakti in thei connection is given below:
New Delhi, October 22, 2014 : It is rare for any American mainstream daily to heap praise on Cuba. Rarer still for a US Secretary of State to acknowledge the contribution made by Socialist Cuba. But this is exactly what has happened. Fifty five years after the Cuban revolution and decades of the callous and cruel economic embargo and sanctions against the tiny island nation, lying just a few hundred kilometers of the US coast, the New York Times has called upon the Obama administration for restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba.
These observations in the NYT’s October 19 editorial come in the wake of the massive efforts that Cuba has made in the global effort to contain the Ebola virus from spreading. Secretary of State John Kerry too was compelled to acknowledge Cuba’s response in the wake of wide media coverage to Cuban efforts in this regard. In contrast to the US just committing funds to fight the spread of the virus, it is only Cuba that has had the courage to send its medical personnel – doctors and paramedics to the affected countries, at the risk of their own lives. This despite reports that more than 400 medical personnel have been infected. The virus has also reached the United States and Europe, amid fears that the epidemic could soon spread globally.
Former Cuban President, Fidel Castro has appealed to the US to set aside its differences with Cuba to fight against the virus. In a write up in the Granma, Castro said: “We will gladly cooperate with U.S. personnel in this job, though not in the search of peace between our two countries who have been enemies for years. In any case, we will work for the peace in the world”. Further, “By sending Cuban doctors and nurses to Africa we are protecting our people, and our Latin American and Caribbean brothers. We are also preventing its expansion, because unfortunately it has already arrived in the United States,” he said.
Cuba takes pride in its excellent healthcare system and has always rendered help to countries in need of medical assistance. It has had its doctors and nurses serve in Angola during their liberation struggle. Since 1960, Cuba has sent 135,000 health workers overseas. Currently it is estimated that 50,000 medical professionals are working in 66 countries across Latin America, Africa and Asia. Cuban doctors and paramedics are also rendering services in Brazil, Venezuela and Bolivia. Cuba had even offered help to the US in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, only to be flatly refused. Cuba has now sent medical teams to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.
These medical professions will work under the World Health Organization. Cuba proposes to send 460 doctors and nurses. 165 of them have already reached Sierra Leone, while a 52-member team comprising doctors, nurses, epidemiologists, intensive care doctors, general practitioners, surgeons, pediatricians, intensive care nurses, anesthetists and licensed nurses are landing in Liberia today.
As opposed to the magnificent Cuban response the Obama administration has just pledged to spend $400 million to build a dozen hospitals.
The outbreak has already claimed the lives of more than 4,500 people, most of them in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Margaret Chan, thanked Cuba for its efforts. She was in Havana to attend an extraordinary meeting of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-Peoples Trade Agreement (ALBA-TCP) organised to address the threat posed by the Ebola virus.
The ALBA-TCP meeting in Havana on October 20th, adopted a resolution expressing profound concern about the “humanitarian catastrophe in West Africa caused by the Ebola epidemic, which is been considered by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be a ‘public health emergency’ of international concern, with the threat of spreading to other countries and regions of the world”. Countries attending the meeting pledged to coordinate efforts to prevent and deal with the Ebola epidemic, including “rapidly providing and sharing assistance among our countries, with healthcare workers and relevant supplies and materials”
A technical meeting of specialists and directors of ALBA-TCP countries will be held in Havana, on October 29 and 30, to “exchange experiences and knowledge, as well as to draft prevention and control strategies for the threat of the Ebola epidemic”. The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has meanwhile donated a sum of five million dollars to the UN to combat Ebola.