Skip to comments.Cuba cold snap kills 26 at psychiatric hospital
Posted on 01/16/2010 4:51:27 AM PST by Cheap_Hessian
HAVANA -- Twenty-six patients at Cuba's largest hospital for the mentally ill died this week during a cold snap, the government said Friday.
Human rights leaders cited negligence and a lack of resources as factors in the deaths, and the Health Ministry launched an investigation that it said could lead to criminal proceedings.
A Health Ministry communique read on state television blamed "prolonged low temperatures that fell to 38 degrees Fahrenheit (4 Celsius) in Boyeros," the neighborhood where Havana's Psychiatric Hospital is located.
It said most of the deaths were from natural causes such as old age, respiratory infections and complications from chronic diseases including cancer and cardiovascular problems.
The statement came in response to reports from the independent Cuban Commission on Human Rights that at least 24 mental patients died of hypothermia this week, and that the hospital did not do enough to protect them from the cold because of problems such as faulty windows.
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Thoughts of “excellent” socialist health care and global warming come to mind.
Mentally ill = dissidents
Three years in the Navy in Puerto Rico and I never saw a temperature below 68 degrees day or night, winter or summer.
Paging Michael Moore. Drop the chalupa and splain us how people died in a Cuban hospital due to not enough resources. Did some bureaucrat decide they couldn’t afford windows and blankets? Death panel?
Paging Michael Moore.
You’re so right, they died from a deadly combination of socialized health care and global warming.
The real Cuba:
Every picture tells a story. Dont it?
Youre so right, they died from a deadly combination of socialized health care and global warming.
Spot on my friend !
Human rights leaders cited negligence and a lack of resources as factors in the deaths
resources = windows
Well, that’s 26 more poor souls than have died from global warming
Has Human Rights Watch ever investigated Cuban mental hospitals? Too busy slamming George Bush for
1) Iraqi sanctions killing a million children
2) Iraq civilian war deaths
3) being George Bush
......Well, thats 26 more poor souls than have died from global warming......
Au contraire, mi Amigo ( a little frog mex lingo) hundreds of old people deserted in Paris one recent August from excessive heat of Global Warming
WOW thats truly sad.
summer heat, even occasional extreme, is not “global warming”
Many of those souls died because
a) they didn’t have air conditioning or access to it via social agences (which kick in here with “cooling centers” to help the homeless and homebound when inner cities swelter)
b) their families, social workers, and caretakers left them alone in small apartments to cope because it was vacation time in France and NOTHING stops a Frenchman from taking his govt-guaranteed vacation, C’est la Vie
Eventually he'll be forgiven for everything ... except that.
This is genius by the commie cubans. The patients are treated and now in a better place. genius!
Psychiatirc hospitals are usually where Commies keep the political prisoners....
Sad and tragic.
the Health Ministry said a commission created to investigate the deaths has already identified various deficiencies at the hospital.
Communist Cuba provides free health care to all its citizens but, though the quality of its medical system is celebrated in leftist circles around Latin America, it is also plagued by shortages. Patients are expected to bring their own sheets and towels and sometimes their own food during hospital stays.
The government blames the shortages on the U.S. trade embargo, though the embargo does not prevent the direct sale of medicine or medical supplies to the island. “
This is the future of healthcare in the US...unless Obama and the socialists are stopped...immediately or sooner.
Said one patient “Am I crazy or is it cold in here”