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September 3, 2005

Castro Offered Medical Personnel and Supplies to Aid Hurricane Victims

From a member of WILPF, I received this statement of Fidel Castro, President of Cuba:


Our country is ready to send, in the small hours of morning, 100
clinicians and specialists in Comprehensive General Medicine, who at
dawn tomorrow, Saturday, could be in Houston International Airport,
Texas, the closest to the region struck by the tragedy, in order to be
transferred by air, sea or river to the isolated shelters, facilities
and neighborhoods in the city of New Orleans, where the population and
families are that require emergency medical care or first aid.

These Cuban personnel would be carrying backpacks with 24 kilograms of
medications, known to be essential in such situations to save lives, as
well as basic diagnosis kits. They would be prepared to work alone or in
groups of two or more, depending on the circumstances, for as long as

Likewise, Cuba is ready to send via Houston, or any other airport of
your choosing, 500 additional specialists in Comprehensive General
Medicine, with the same equipment, who could be at their destination
point at noon or in the afternoon of tomorrow, Saturday, September 3.

A third group of 500 specialists in Comprehensive General Medicine could
be arriving in the morning of Sunday, September 4. Thus, the 1100 said
medical doctors, with the resources described tantamount to 26.4 tons of
medications and diagnosis kits, would be caring for the neediest persons
in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina.

These medical doctors have the necessary international experience and
elementary knowledge of the English language that would allow them to
communicate with the patients.

We stand ready waiting for the US authorities' response.
September 2, 2005
18:00 hs

A Google News Search only gave one news sources confirming the above information:
"Cuba Willing to Send Immediate Medical Help to US, Says Fidel Castro," in Prensa Latina, the Latin American News Agency

I do not know the origins of the above press release, only that it was emailed to me by a trusted source.

Posted by cj at September 3, 2005 5:54 AM


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