April 7, 2017
A Cuban medical brigade has taken care of a total of 2,570 patients, mostly children and adolescents, in four days of work in the northern Peruvian city of Piura and in the shelters of victims of the floods that hit this region.
The head of the brigade of 23 doctors and other professionals, Rolando Piloto, said that the figure was reached yesterday and noted that 33 percent of the patients are children and 1,450, more than half, under the age of 18.
The work of Cuban doctors is carried out primarily in the shelters where thousands of refugees who have lost their homes are now staying in tents due to the flooding. Long lines have formed to receive the medical services.
Piloto said that yesterday the first child was born in a delivery unit under the care of the gynecologist-obstetrician of the brigade, Mercy Boris. The delivery had complications but had a happy ending with the mother and baby who are now in good condition in the Cesamica Maternity Hospital, in the city.
He also highlighted the actions of epidemiological surveillance carried out by the brigade, which has a profile in that specialty, and noted that tests were carried out initially among patients to detect cases of diseases, such as dengue, zika, and chikungunya, because accumulated waters and heat increase their likelihood.
On Thursday April 6, the United States launched scores of Tomahawk cruise missiles into the Shayrat air base in Syria. In the process the “precision” missiles that missed the base killed 9 civilians in nearby villages. This unprovoked attack is a dramatic and dangerous escalation of the war in Syria and an assault on the sovereignty of the Syrian people.
Donald Trump has justified the order by claiming “vital reasons of national security”. After the attack he made a call to all “civilized Western Nations” to join the U.S. to “end the killing and bloodshed in Syria”. This coming from the same president that just last week was bombarding Mosul killing hundreds of civilians in a single attack and who on March 21 bombed a school in the Syrian village of al Mansoura killing 33 men, women and children who were seeking shelter there.
It should also be remembered that for the last 6 years Syria has been under attack by scores of terrorist groups that are supported and financed by the United States, Israel, Saudi Arabia and various Western nations, with the objective of regime change and taking away Syria’s independence and splitting it into pieces.
The attack yesterday comes just two days after the Syrian Government categorically rejected the use of chemical weapons in Idleb. The lack of proof and the imperial manipulation of those facts by the Trump administration and the demonization of the Syrian Government