The easy transmission of the SARS-COV-2 virus needs to be faced with discipline and responsibility. Social distancing, mandatory use of the nasobuco, hand washing and use of disinfectants are the ABC of these times for people.
But to stop the contagion, it is also required that the protocols established in Cuba be fully complied with in the social and service order. Protection of children and the elderly in the family, messaging care for the elderly who live alone and screening of the population (with intent to workers in Tourism, Public Health and other vulnerable groups).
To this are added the prevention of going to the doctor before any respiratory infection to rule out the presence of coronavirus before it is too late. And it is that according to Colonel Juan Carlos Martín Tirado, director of the Mario Muñoz Monroy Military Hospital, in Matanzas, in dialogue with the political authorities of the province, some patients trust themselves and arrive at an advanced stage of the disease at the institutions of Health. “This leads to many having to enter directly into therapy services, one of the areas where the cruelty of the US blockade against Cuba is most appreciated.”
And it is that the negative impact of the extraterritorial law is aggravated in the current context of confrontation with the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the difficulties in acquiring materials and resources that are urgently required to save lives is the impossibility of a donation of mechanical pulmonary ventilators, diagnostic kits, masks and other medical supplies necessary to face the disease, sent by the Chinese company ALIBABÁ.
According to the report of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINREX) of Cuba, By virtue of resolution 74/7 of the United Nations General Assembly, entitled “Necessity to end the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba”, in March 2020 the transport company contracted to To transfer the medical burden to Cuba, it was refused, alleging that its main shareholder was a US company, which is why it was subject to the blockade regulations.
Likewise, the Swiss companies IMT MEDICAL AG and ACUTRONIC MEDICAL SYSTEMS AG exposed the sanctions of the blockade to refuse to provide Cuba with high-tech mechanical lung ventilators, essential for the treatment of patients affected by the new coronavirus. “These two companies, world leaders in the development and manufacture of these medical equipment, have done business with Cuba in the past.
Both were acquired by the company VYAIRE MEDICAL INC., Based in Illinois, USA, and consequently they have been forced to suspend all commercial relations with our country. Indicates the document released by MINREX, in 2020. Reasons why acting responsibly in the face of Covid-19 is also a response mechanism to the limitations imposed by the United States’ blockade of this Antillean island to affect the Public Health program designed to protect the lives of people within and outside our borders.