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New Orleans: CUBA offers medical expertise and supplies

president fidel castro reiterates medical care offer to the american people in his remarks during the tv round table.
Here is the translation of his communication...

"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 necessary.

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
Billions in Overseas Aid to US Refused 03.Sep.2005 11:37


The United States Government and its People Respectfully Decline your offer of assistance...

I'm one of the people and I do not decline the offer.
Being kept from these American people by their Military Rulers have been the uncounted offers of assistance from Nations all around the world, including: VENEZUELA has offered their Medical Airlift Command for the evacuation of peoples trapped in these devastated regions; HOLLAND has offered the resources of their Public Works Ministry (and who are the acknowledged World Experts for below sea level water evacuation procedures); RUSSIA has offered over 100,000 temporary living structures, along with Military Personal to assist their American counterparts; IRAN has offered 1 BILLION US Dollars in IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE and guaranteed 5,000,000 barrels of oil at $35.00 US Dollars; CHINA has offered their Military Rescue Forces (Who are acknowledged as one of the best in the world for rescuing peoples in flood ravaged areas.)

All of these offers, and more, the Military Leaders of the United States have declined, and for the their previously stated reason: “The United States Government and its People Respectfully Decline your offer of assistance and refer you to our previous State Department Bulletin (NCO:13788) in which we had stated that this remains an internal action.”

source of info 03.Sep.2005 15:03

Marlena Gangi

This is great. I'm working on a piece about Katrina and aid. Can you point me to the various sources that you found regarding the five countries offering aid?
Love and revolution,

It's a shame 04.Sep.2005 19:59


its a shame that a big country with such a nature problem refuse the offer of that countries, is not a political thing.. is about human beings... its a shame, but see.. is what you vote again (one year ago)... anyway, the president, country and its people refuese the offers... its sad that a lot of people can die just for "honor".