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Cuban reporter is denied medical attention for speaking on Radio República
By Cuban Democratic Directorate

 

On Tuesday, February 28th, Tania de la Torre, independent journalist from Manzanillo, went to the Celia Sánchez Manduley Hospital with her husband to receive medical treatment for an injury to her right eye. When she arrived at the ophthalmologist lobby, a nurse with last name Reyes Batista said she had to leave the hospital.

 

“My husband told her he was a doctor and that I had a strong pain and we had to see if I had an ulcer because I was hit on my right eye. Then she told me that she did not care and that I had to leave the hospital. So, my husband and I entered the ophthalmology department and we thought this reaction was an isolated incident, when suddenly the doctor named Annia Oliveros Inarte, came to the room to say something to three doctors that were there. She took them to a different room, and when they came out my husband asked Doctor Joaquín if they could see me, and he told my husband no. They did not have the proper conditions, there was no liquid to put in my eye, and he could not care for me in that hospital,” affirmed De la Torre.

 

A few days before this incident Tania de la Torre made declarations on Radio República concerning the dire health care situation in Cuba, specifically in the Celia Sánchez Manduley Hospital. According to De la Torre, the hospital is divided in two: there is a section for the Operation Miracle campaign and another section for poor people. Due to a manipulation of the Cuban regime, De la Torre did not receive medical attention in Manzanillo for having spoken on Radio Republica.

 

The Cuban Democratic Directorate transmits radio programming to Cuba through Radio Republica and has become an alternative source of information for the Cuban people. Among the programs featured on this radio spot is “Despierta Cuba,” a youth-oriented show with informational briefs, music, and commentaries; “Recuento Informativo,” an informative show which will provide analysis for national and international news; “Entrevista a Fondo,” featuring interviews with important people from the exile community and the international community; “Alternativa,” a political debate show covering important issues in Cuba and in the world; and “Barrio Adentro,” a program which focuses on citizen participation, with opinions from Cubans within the island.

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