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Utopian Healthcare Model – Cuba Hit With Disease Not Seen in a Century

Home - by - January 21, 2013 - 20:00 America/New_York - 12 Comments

Cuba has a Cholera problem. Little kids are asking for hand sanitizer for gifts.

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Camilo, my 7-year old grandson in Cuba, has never been shy about asking for presents – especially when he knows I’m heading to Havana from that big shopping mall 90 miles away. His usual list includes a massive bag of M&M peanut candy, additions to what’s become a pretty pricey collection of Schleich resin animals, and goofy gags second-grade boys find funny, such as hand buzzers or that classic snake-in-a-can. When Camilo got on the phone with me last weekend, he only rattled off one item.

“Aba,” (that’s what he calls me–short for “abuela”, which is “grandma” in Spanish), “bring me soap.”

 “Soap? You want soap?” I repeated, convinced I must have heard him wrong.

“Si”, he insisted. “Jabon!”

Now he has me worried that I need to make an emergency supply-run for detergent, shampoo, dishwashing soap and other basics. The last time soap was in short supply in Cuba was in the 1990s but, if this kid is asking for soap, the situation must be dire. He’s about as germaphobe as your average stray puppy. Like a lot of little boys, he needs to be reminded that taking a shower means actually standing under the water.Camilo, however, didn’t want just any soap. He was looking for what he calls “the soap that melts.” He wanted me to bring him an alcohol-based instant hand sanitizer.Then he made it clear why. “Aba, there’s cholera here,” he said.As it turns out, Camilo had spilled the beans a full 72 hours before the Cuban Health Ministry issued a formal communiqué on what had been rumored since the start of the year — cholera had surfaced in the city of Havana, home to 2.2 million people.

RightWingFeather sends us what Cuba has for Cholera Treatmen

The announcement explained that 51 new cases of cholera had been diagnosed in the Cuban capital along with a spike in the number of people suffering from “diarrheal diseases.”

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» 12 Comments

  1. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    January 21st, 2013

    Oh cool. Let’s open up free travel between cuba and the US now, okay?

    Anyone keeping track of the infectious diseases coming from Mexico anymore?

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  2. grayscape

    January 21st, 2013

    I know you only get one bowl a day of gruel…but isn’t it a festive bowl?

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  3. Jack

    January 21st, 2013

    That isn’t gruel anymore!

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  4. jclady

    January 21st, 2013

    We should collect our “daily output” and ship it to Cuba as a humanitarian gesture.

    http://iowntheworld.com/blog/?p=167299&cpage=1#comment-1033797

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  5. don't worry

    January 21st, 2013

    We will have Obamacare. We will be fine.

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  6. The Mad German

    January 21st, 2013

    So I guess the proud socialists country of Cuba with their worldclass healthcare is probably just hiding the fact that maybe Chavez just has the shits!

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  7. One Notch Above a Congresscritter

    January 21st, 2013

    Yeah, well living in Amerika is getting to be the shits too.

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  8. phil.arbeit

    January 21st, 2013

    @ Mad German
    Absolutely world class health care, even beats ours. See for yourself.

    Our medical establishment would NEVER politicize a topic as critical as healthcare and tell us an untruth for a political reason. Never.

    Coming to a clinic near you, courtesy of “free” Obama care.

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  9. Aufklarer

    January 21st, 2013

    This is known as a “cholera cot.”
    Very effective in keeping things clean as the victim dies of electrolyte imbalance and dehydration.
    Coming soon to a neighborhood clinic near you.
    Thank you, Affordable Care Act.

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  10. Ohio Dan

    January 22nd, 2013

    Wow, I’m impressed! They have the technology to diagnose Cholera?

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  11. Corona

    January 22nd, 2013

    Okay people, who’s up for a nasal fecal transplant?! Mmm mmm mmm!

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  12. Jack Daniels

    January 22nd, 2013

    Cuba is the favorite vacation destination of most quebecers.

    If you wonder why it is that they have a cholera problem, check out this website; ‘the real cuba’ and look at the medical conditions.

    http://www.therealcuba.com/Page10.htm

    Like all socialist nations, this is what ‘free’ healthcare looks like, and quebec will one day soon be emulating her favorite socialist nation.

    but it’s FREEEEEEEEEEE!

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