Via Escambray.cu: Reflection by Comrade Fidel Castro: THe Fight Against Cholera. This is a long post which conveniently presents an English version of the Le Temps interview that got Ricardo Seitenfus sacked from his job as OAS representative in Haiti. But Castro also does some bragging about Cuba's role in training Haitian doctors:
From the second half of 2006 until the second half of 2010, 625 young Haitian doctors have graduated: we admire them immensely. Of these, 213 are at work in the Haitian governmental medical institutions; 125 are working at the Cholera Medical Control Centres or in brigades being sent out to the sub-communes along with Cuban and Latin American ELAM graduates who are fighting the cholera epidemic; 72 are working in NGO or private medical centres; 20 are at the so-called “Mixed Centres”; 41 are continuing their studies in a second specialty in Cuba; 27 new graduates are already in Haiti, awaiting their postings; 14 are unemployed because of personal problems such as pregnancy and maternity; another four are at unknown locations and one has died.
Finally, 104 are at work abroad, basically in Spain, the US, Canada and France; one is in Switzerland and four are in Latin American countries. It would not be right to judge any of these since their country is extremely poor, lacking resources and jobs, and there is no record of any of them refusing to serve their country. They are medical values in high demand, and they were born in Haiti and Cuba.
The official figure of those dying from cholera reaches 2,707, for a death rate of 2.1%. For three consecutive days, there has not been one single death from cholera among the people being looked after by the Cuban Medical Mission.
The death rate has been lowered now to 0.57 among the 47,537 patients being treated by them. The epidemic can be eradicated, avoiding that it becomes endemic.
And that last remark is surprising. In just two months, the conventional wisdom has been that Haiti will be stuck with cholera for the foreseeable future. If Castro is right, no one else seems to be agreeing with him—at least in public.