donde comprar botas ugg en mexico Speech given at the ceremony commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Victoria de Girón Institute of Basic Medical Sciences
Speech given by Dr. A nuclear holocaust was on the verge of taking place.
one and a half years had passed since the mercenary invasion by the Bay of Pigs in Playa Gir and 10 months since the culmination of the feat of the Literacy Campaign. More than 2000 doctors and most of the medical school professors had left the country. It was necessary to make up for those losses and to quickly train the doctors needed for the ambitious revolutionary public health program. Part of that effort was the founding of an important Basic Sciences Institute, to speed up the process of training and graduating doctors with the revolutionary quality and knowledge required. In a matter of weeks, this Institute was established in a large facility that had once been the headquarters of one of the most important institutions of the haute bourgeoisie, many of whom were already living with their families in the United States.
honor of the heroic victory of our combatants at Playa Gir that was the name given to this new institute.
the special circumstances of that moment, and the transcendental importance of the Victoria de Gir Institute of Basic Medical Sciences in the subsequent evolution of Cuban medicine, I felt it would be fitting to recall some of the ideas I put forward on that day, using the same words that I used then. They will comprise a large part of my speech today, given their continued relevance.
one point, I happened to begin talking about the nursing sector:
believed,” I said, “that the medical students would be present here at this meeting of the medical family. We have seen that the girls from the nursing schools are present here as well. And this pleases us very much, because I do not understand how the nurses were forgotten during the discussions of all of the problems concerning medical care and doctors. During the discussion of student associations, the nursing schools were forgotten. Nurses constitute an important, fundamental part of all the work in the medical sector, and the Revolution has a great interest in training revolutionary nurses. Just look at their enthusiasm!
care is one of the most sensitive areas through which our enemies tried to hurt our people. It is very logical that we Cubans aspire to lowering infant mortality; to extending the average life expectancy of every citizen; to combating diseases, and combating death. There is no aspiration more legitimate than this one, or more sacred, one could say.
individuals tried to hurt our people this way. They tried to deprive our country of the resources needed to fight for life, to fight against disease, to save thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of lives, especially the lives of children. How? By taking away our doctors.
they attacked us through Playa Gir their intention was to take control of a piece of our territory, and from there they would begin to launch bombings every day and every night, subjecting our country to a war of attrition that would have cost us hundreds of thousands of lives. But even so, one of the most heinous actions undertaken against our country by imperialism was the policy of bribing doctors and attempting to bring about an exodus of doctors to the United States, thus depriving our country of the qualified technical personnel needed to care for our sick. And they did in fact manage to take away a certain number of doctors.
knew that they were causing harm, not to us, but to the people. It was painful for us to see the harm they were so cruelly inflicting with this policy. We know the anxiety and obsession felt by the poor sectors with regard to doctors; we know how grateful the peasants are for the rural medical services provided to them, the medicines sent to them, the hospitals that have been built for them.
of the areas where the influence of the Revolution has been most strongly felt has been the field of health care. In our country, there were only 9000 beds in public hospitals.
knows how the sick were treated in hospitals back then, how they often had to sleep on the floor, how poor and even shocking the conditions were in many hospitals.
knows that no doctors ever went to the countryside here; that the rural population was virtually abandoned; that in order to see a doctor, a peasant had to begin by selling a pig, half a dozen chickens, anything that could be sold.
our people had no medical care, they did not bother to take our doctors to the United States, it did not matter to them. When our country initiated an extraordinary medical care program, rising funding for public health care from 21 million to 103 million pesos, that was when they decided to try to deprive our people of doctors.
course, the doctors they took away were neither little lambs nor saints, obviously.”
students had to make enormous efforts to graduate, especially those from other parts of the country, and then they could not find work anywhere. Doctors were concentrated in the capital. A recently graduated doctor would be considered very lucky to be given a minor post at city hall, in a hospital, and a salary of 100 or 120 pesos, anything at all.
a doctor in the class society we lived in, the exploitative society we lived in, became an experienced professional and achieved fame, the people could no longer count on this doctor, except for exceptional cases, because there are always exceptions, naturally. These doctors became the doctors of the rich. It would be very difficult for a humble man or woman of the people to receive their services.
of those doctors were the doctors of the owners of the sugar mills, the millionaires, and when the millionaires left, they missed them, and decided to leave as well.
spite of the fact that many of the doctors who were seduced into going to the United States ended up washing dishes, operating elevators and doing similar kinds of work; in spite of this, there can be no doubt that the attitude of the doctors who left was a highly immoral attitude. This is a crime against the people, against the sick, against the unfortunate, against those who suffer.
can help us to solve our problems? First of all, we must solve our problems with good doctors. Because it is only fair to say that while there have been corrupt, disreputable and money hungry doctors, there have also been many, very many good, conscientious and humane doctors, who view their profession the way they should.
took the Hippocratic oath, and others took the hypocritical oath. Those who took the genuine oath and viewed their mission as a sacred one did not leave the country, and never will. These are the ones who must help us solve our problem.
who remained pure in the midst of a society of corruption and selfishness can serve as seeds and as teachers.
is the significance of those who have left? Speaking in medical terms, it is quite similar to what happens when you squeeze a tumor.
imperialists are trying to use those who have left for propaganda purposes. This is like making propaganda with pus, because those who have left are the pus of Cuban society, squeezed out of that society by the Revolution.
petit bourgeois, weak kneed, hesitant spirit of the first moments is nowhere to be seen today.
do we have to do? We should go ahead and solve our problems now and forever.
it comes to our people, and our sentiments as revolutionaries, what makes up for the repugnance and disgust caused by the traitors and deserters? This is what makes up for all that: this new mass, this contingent that is beginning its studies, the largely purified mass of today’s university students.