Cuban Doctors Sent to Venezuela Say They Were Deceived, Forced to Fabricate Statistics

By: Karina Martín - Mar 24, 2017, 2:26 pm
Cuban Doctors Sent to Venezuela
Cuban doctors said they are forced to lie about their salary. (tijuanapress)

EspañolTwo Cuban doctors who abandoned their “foreign mission” in Venezuela said they were lied to about the conditions of the country, and forced to continue those lies in order to make it seem better than it is.

“I was in the Cuban medical mission in Venezuela 14 months and we were deceived when we arrived to Venezuela,” Dr. Yanisley Felix said. “It was not what we expected. Working conditions, living conditions, lying about what the mission consisted of and our purpose there.”


“The conditions in Venezuela are precarious,” Roldán Machado, another a doctor who abandoned travel plans, said. “We all know the lies that we are told there. We are forced to lie about hospital admissions in order to lie about those statistics that they (the government) want so much.”

Both doctors crossed the border into Colombia last October, where they were welcomed through the US Embassy to the parole program for Cuban doctors that has since been suspended.

The program was created in 2006 by President George W. Bush’s administration, allowing thousands of medical professionals to escape from Cuban medical missions abroad, but it was suspended last January by the Obama administration.

Over 10 years, more than 8,000 Cuban professionals were able to benefit from the program, especially in countries like Venezuela and Brazil.

Sources: Cubanet; Martí Noticias.

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Karina Martín is a Venezuelan reporter with the PanAm Post based in Valencia. She holds a bachelor's degree in Modern Languages from the Arturo Michelena University.

14 OAS Nations Sign Letter Demanding Venezuela Hold Elections, Release Political Prisoners

By: Karina Martín - Mar 24, 2017, 1:07 pm
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Español Fourteen countries in the Organization of American States called on the Venezuelan government to hold elections this year and to release political prisoners. This Thursday, March 13, over a dozen of the countries in the international alliance released a letter increasing their pressure on Venezuela, which has been struggling with food and medicine shortages, censorship and potential economic collapse — the blame of which has been placed almost entirely on President Nicolás Maduro and his administration. Read More: Why Liberals Must Call Out Islamic Terrorism Read More: Viewing Trump’s Travel Ban Through the Prism of Pragmatism "We consider it urgent to give priority to the release of political prisoners, to recognize the legitimacy of the National Assembly's decisions, in accordance with the constitution, and to establish an electoral calendar, which includes previously postponed elections," a statement published by a series of foreign ministries read. Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the United States and Uruguay all signed the document, which expressed their "deep concern" for the country's political, economic and social crisis. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   The 14 member nations confirmed they will evaluate OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro's report "with the intention of agreeing on the pertinent course of action," though they warned that the suspension of a member country would be a last resort. Instead, the signing countries said that dialogue and negotiation are the ideal way to reach a sustainable solution. Almagro issued a 75-page report last week in which he proposed to suspend Venezuela from the organization should no elections be held within 30 days. Article 21 of the OAS Diplomatic Charter states that if the Assembly, the highest body of the OSA sees that there has been a breakdown of the democratic order in a member state and that diplomatic efforts have been unsuccessful, they may suspend that state from the organization. Sources: El Nacional; RCN Radio.

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