4 patients from the Matanzas fire remain in serious condition at Calixto García Hospital

One patient remains in very serious condition and 3 in critical condition of the total number of injured by burns after the fire at the Supertanker Base in Matanzas who were transferred to the Calixto García hospital in the Cuban capital.

According to what Dr. Miguel Emilio García, director of the hospital, reported this Saturday to the Cuban state television Midday Newscast, of the 8 patients received in that institution, 4 may be discharged in the next few hours.

Three of these patients had between 4 and 5 percent of body surface burned and one had minor epidermal lesions, the official explained.

In a later update, the journalist from Granma Yailin Orta Rivera reportedwithout specifying the number, that the first patients who arrived at the Calixto García hospital had already been discharged.

Meanwhile, another 4 patients do have severe burns; 3 of them are reported in critical condition and one in very serious condition.

García specified that the Calixto García Hospital has 26 beds in its Burn Room, which could reach 31 if the Intensive Care room is added, to receive patients who may arrive with severe or very severe injuries.

The Cuban television report adds that the hospital has already set up a space to care for the families of the injured.

In addition, it specifies that other hospital institutions in the capital also prepare to receive the possible injured.

In this sense, the general secretary of the Cuban Workers Central, Ulises Guilarte de Nacimiento, assured, during his visit to Calixto García, that the Miguel Enríquez and Hermanos Ameijeiras hospitals have already been enabled to receive fire injuries.

The first patients injured by the Matanzas fire They arrived at the Calixto García Hospital this Saturday morning..

“Matanzas has already received the first patients at the Calixto García Hospital, here we are with you,” the provincial director of Health of Havana, Emilio Delgado Iznaga, confirmed on Twitter.

He also posted two images where medical center staff are seen treating a man who apparently suffered burns.

The deputy governor of the Cuban capital, Yanet Hernández, also posted videos of the arrival at the hospital of several ambulances with injured patients.

Friday evening lightning struck one of the crude tanks of the Matanzas Supertanker Base, and a raging fire began, without precedent, which up to now they have not been able to control.

Although at the first hour of the incident the government of that province reported that there were no victims to mourn, on the morning of this Saturday it recognized that the fire in the industrial zone is still out of control, after two new explosions.

Many patients were sent in ambulances to Havana, and other neighboring provinces have announced that they are ready to receive other wounded.

The official number of injured by the fire and subsequent explosions rose to 77 this Saturday afternoon. Furthermore, it is reported one deceased and 17 missing firefighterswho were in the closest area trying to prevent the spread of the fire.

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