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Cuba offers 1100 doctors to Hurricane Katrina victims

Posted September 05, 2005 by publisher in Cuba Culture.


Cuban President Fidel Castro has announced that 100 doctors are ready to leave early Saturday morning to Houston, Texas to assist the victims of devastating Hurricane Katrina.

A second group of 500 Cuban doctors are also ready to depart to the US on Saturday afternoon and a third of 500 specialists Sunday morning with 24 kilograms each of medication and the necessary resources to assist emergency situations.

The 1100 medical specialists have international experience and knowledge of Basic English to assist the patients that have been seriously affected by the powerful hurricane, said the Cuban Head of State.

The Cuban President is informing the population on the current situation in the states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama according to information reported by different main stream media.

President Fidel Castro announced that the Government sent a letter of condolences to the family of the victims of Hurricane Katrina on August 30th through diplomatic channels. The Cuban Parliament also sent their condolences on Wednesday to the relatives of the victims of the powerful hurricane that has devastated Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi.

Hurricane Katrina hit Florida on August 25th, went to the Gulf of Mexico gathered strength and later entered Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama with Category 4.

There are currently over 50 thousand people that have lost their homes and belongings. There is still no official figure of people dead or material damage.

Also present on Friday’s Round Table is Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque and other government officials.

Member Comments

On September 05, 2005, publisher wrote:

May be half propaganda and half truth. Okay, we’ll take 550 doctors.

I’m sure this would be difficult for President Bush to accept and I’m sure he doesn’t need to roll politics into this disaster but imagine someday when Cuba will offer and we will accept without even having to worry about visas and politics.

I know, I know, I’m crazy. That would be way too rational.

On September 05, 2005, mattlawrence wrote:

Wow, while it may be propaganda and half truth, it does show there may be some comapssion in the bearded bastard.  It is times like these where politics and prejudice need to be put on the back burner and the assistance to humanity brought forth.

Many countries who have been assisted by the U.S. in the past have come forward offering assistance to those whose lives have been turned upside down by Katrina.

It’ sad it takes a disaster to bring out the best in the world.

If you’re crazy, I’m with you! 

Gracias por la ayuda!

Matt Lawrence, Author
Dying to Get Here: A Story of Coming to America

On September 14, 2005, Steve B wrote:

A very nice gesture, unfortunately, those who are familiar with Cuba will know that this gesture if taken up would further diminish the availability of doctors in Cuba because Fidel has already sent thousands of doctors to Venezuela in an oil for medics deal. Already, the Cuban people are feeling the effects of Fidel’ “generosity” towards Venezuelas Chavez!