Independent lawyer denounces Díaz-Canel before the UN for health discrimination

The independent Cuban lawyer Sergio Osmín Fernández Palacios denounced President Miguel Díaz-Canel before the United Nations for preventing patients with coronavirus from being treated in the exclusive clinics of 43 and for foreigners, despite the intensity of the pandemic that has already caused 6,140 deaths and 729 thousand infected, according to official figures.

The complaint, addressed to Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, lists the clinics forbidden to Cubans, attaching photos, despite the hospital collapse and the acute shortage of medicines that the island suffers.

Cubans crowded into hospitals / Photo: Sergio Osmín Fernández Palacios

Fernández asks Bachelet to issue a statement urging the Cuban government to allow medical care for nationals in those clinics, and demands that the “naivety, hypocrisy and complicity” with the Cuban government’s errors and injustices cease.

The 43-year-old clinic, in the Kholy district, cares for members of the Political Bureau of the ruling communist party; and the main military chiefs, who also receive medical care in special rooms at CIMEQ and at the “Carlos J. Finlay” military hospital; while international hospitals, like the “Cira García” only receive diplomats and tourists.

Recently. Cubans denounced the collapses of care in the hospitals of Holy Spirit, Baracoa and San Antonio de los Baños; while a group of farmers donated five air conditioning units to the main living room. Pinar del Río Intensive Therapy, which lay dormant amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Another vital deficiency is the shortage of medicinal oxygen, with the aggravation that the Cuban Industrial Gas Company reported that it will take at least two months to restore the necessary medical oxygen distribution levels in the country’s health centers.

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