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26 patients die in Cuba mental hospital

26 patients die in Cuba mental hospital

Twenty-six patients at a Havana psychiatric hospital have died as a result of cold weather in the past week, prompting an investigation into possible negligence, the government said Friday.
"We have seen an increase in deaths among patients in the last week," a government statement said, "they are related to the long spell of cold weather that has occurred." A Health Ministry commission that investigated the deaths identified "various deficiencies related to the lack of timely adoption of measures," the government said.
Those responsible would be submitted for trial by the corresponding courts, it said. The deaths were first made public by Elizardo Sanchez, head of the outlawed Cuban Human Rights commission, who denounced it as a case of "criminal negligence." "It is the highest number of avoidable deaths in a Cuban hospital in the history of the Republic," he said.
The Cuban Human Rights Commission said they "observes with concern that the national health system shows growing signs of deterioration\." An official source said the deaths prompted visits to the hospital by Cuban President Raul Castro, and other senior officials.


Updated : 2021-10-19 01:08 GMT+08:00