HEALTHCARE IN CUBA B.C.
The Topes de Collantes Tuberculosis Hospital
Here is a report from Gente magazine dated January 5 of 1958, exactly one year before Castro came to power:
"If the opinions of eminent Cubans who have inspected the huge Topes de Collantes Hospital were not sufficient,
the comments of outstanding world scientists who have had the opportunity of viewing the renowned hospital
construction could also be
modern methods and equipped with the best facilities available to treat respiratory diseases. In addition to its
unexcelled construction and equipment, the hospital is also endowed with highly unusual and extremely
beneficial natural location which
in itself of considerable aid to its numerous patients.
Cubans fight tuberculosis with all
the care and aid that modern science and nature can provide."
Before Castro, all Cubans had access to this hospital, whether they were rich or poor, black or white. If you
were poor, you were treated for free. Today, it is a facility for the exclusive use of foreigners.
Havana's National Hospital
The building behind is the
National School for Nurses
The tall building to the left is the
Hospital Clinico Quirurgico Mercedes del
Puerto in Havana.
The emergency room at the
Hospital Clinico Quirurgico
The sterilizer room at the same hospital
The modern laundry facilities at the same
hospital. Today, patients at this hospital
have to bring their own bed sheets and pillows,
wash their own clothes and later hang them
outside their room windows for them to get dry
because the laundry facilities are destroyed like
almost everything else in Cuba
The way the lab room at the Hospital
Clinico Quirurgico looked 50 years ago.
Here is what was published in Gente magazine in January of 1958:
"The Mercedes del Puerto Clinical-Surgical Hospital is strictly clinical although it also house convalescent
surgical patients. Included in the modern equipment, purchases at a cost of $1 million will be the only
artificial kidney in Cuba. The magnificent structure will consist of 60 comfortable rooms, fully equipped
with air conditioning, indirect music and modern furnishings, and 200 beds for the patients.
All of the examination and consultation rooms laboratories, X-ray rooms, administrative office, the
cafeteria and other departments are fully air conditioned. In addition all the walls are lined with plastic
which contribute to the general
hygiene and appearance of the interior.
wards for cardiology, gastroenterology, endocrinology and nutrition, diabetes, internal medicine and
psychosomatic ailments. The hospital also has a special ward for persons suffering from burns; this ward is
air conditioned and is the second of its kind in the world. Six solariums are also available for use by
ambulatory patients. The assembly half with 200 seats is an example of truly modern architecture and is
also air conditioned. It has a projection room and fine acoustics which will provide both entertainment
and relaxation for the patients.
plant, as they do in other city-sponsored hospitals such as the Freyre de Andrade Emergency Hospital,
the City Maternity Hospital and the Children's Hospital. A special department of social workers will help
determine each patient's financial status, and those lacking sufficient funds for hospital care will be
treated free of charge."
Hospital Civil of Santiago de Cuba. Patients who were poor were treated for free
Hospital Civil of CamagŁey. Patients who were poor were treated for free
Hospital Civil of Cienfuegos.
Poor patients received free treatment
The National Organization of Children's Dispensaries (ONDI) was created by Law No. 279 of July 30, 1952. T
his law specified that each bottle of beer manufactured in Cuba or imported, was subject to a one cent tax.
Through this special tax, the ONDI collected nearly $3,500.000 yearly that was used as working capital.
In 1958, the ONDI was operating four Hospitals located at Guane, Havana, Santa Clara and Santiago de Cuba,
respectively. Twenty-six Dispensaries, opened 24 hours a day, were located throughout the Island, in rural districts.
The ONDI's Central Hospital
The ONDI hospital at Cienfuegos, being constructed in 1958
The ONDI dispensary at Arroyo Arenas
A baby receiving treatment at an ONDI facility A Cuban child receiving free dental care.
Where is the racism that Castro's apologist
are always talking about?
The latest equipment was available The lab at one of the ONDI facilities
for all dental patients
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