Classes Continue to be Canceled at Havana Medical University / Ignacio
Translator: Eduardo Alemán, Wendy Iriepa and Ignacio Estrada
By Ignacio Estrada Cepero, Independent Journalist
Havana, Cuba – It has been more than three weeks since classes at
Havana's Medical universities and polytechnics have been affected. This
is due to renewed efforts in conducting mass fever screenings in those
areas around Havana most affected by dengue.
All students are assigned to a specific health focus area where they go
door to door conducting screenings in order to detect new cases of
dengue as well as educating people in adopting preventive measures.
Last Sunday, October 7, the Dean of Havana's Higher Institute of Medical
Sciences "Victoria de Girón" went around several health areas
supervising the students' work. In some of the areas, the Dean was asked
over and over for the date classes will reopen.
The Dean, confronted by the same question, always gave the same answer,
which is that a new program of study is being considered, insofar the
country needed them, making reference to the possibility of having the
students continue the screenings in the morning while attending classes
in the afternoon. He assured the students that this program is under
On the other hand, some students have confirmed that not even their
professors know when classes will reopen. In the meantime, hundreds of
medical students remain in the streets of Havana conducting screenings,
receiving no compensation, and without snacks or lunch. As a result,
they usually return home at noon, after submitting their screening report.
Translated by: Eduardo Alemán
October 8 2012