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Cuba accompanies family and friends of the victims of the plane crash
Miguel Díaz-Canel meets relatives of the victims of the accident. Photos: Cubadebate
Since at midday this Friday when the sad news of the plane crash in Havana was announced, millions of Cubans have shared the pain of the families of the victims and from the first minutes were ready to help.

The painful initial images, in which the town of Boyeros came to provide first aid, give an account of that solidarity that is reborn when the pain multiplies, says the journalist Leticia Martínez Hernández.

As part of that accompaniment, Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, together with the second secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba, José Ramón Machado Ventura, and authorities from Havana, visited the relatives of the victims and transferred the permanent support of the victims. The people, the Government and the Party in the difficult hours they live. Feel accompanied, he said, in the midst of a pain impossible to describe in these lines.

The first point of the tour was at the Institute of Legal Medicine, where its director, Sergio Rabell, explained that 109 bodies were rescued, a figure to which are added the four people who survived the accident, of which three remain alive and one He died before arriving at the hospital institution, for a total of 113 traveling on board the aircraft.

In addition to Cubans residing in seven provinces, 67 from Holguin, two Sahrawis, two Argentines and three Mexicans who were not part of the crew from the latter country were on the plane.

So far, 15 bodies had been fully identified, including five children. The specialist insisted that the identification process is extremely complex and its completion could last several days.

However, he explained, they work 24 hours a day, in five work groups and have all the necessary conditions to speed up the results.

Dr. Jorge González, with great experience in this type of situation, highlighted the scientific seriousness with which he has been working and that in less than 24 hours all the corpses could recover in the midst of difficult climatic conditions.

A meeting of deep emotion happened later in the hotel Tulipán, where the families of the victims stay, when Díaz-Canel and Machado Ventura moved there and shared their pain with them.

They arrived with the appropriate hug, the word of consolation and the commitment made by the Government and the Party to support them in everything they need in these difficult moments.
The tour then followed the university hospital Calixto García, in which the three survivors of the plane crash were treated with great professionalism. Dr. Carlos Alberto Martínez Blanco, director of the institution, reported the state of health of the patients, qualified until that moment as an extreme critic.

According to he specified, the first patient was received at 12 noon and 45 o'clock on Friday, a few minutes after the tragedy occurred. Since then, they have unleashed a plan for disaster reduction that has enabled immediate attention.

He affirmed that they have all the necessary personnel and resources, that no time has been lost in the care and that solidarity among the workers of the medical institution has prevailed, who from the first moment put themselves at the disposition of what was needed.

Diaz-Canel and Machado Ventura talked with the relatives of the patients, were interested in the health status of the three compañeras and inquired about the frequency with which they received medical information about them.

The last item on the agenda was at the headquarters of the Cuban Aviation Corporation (CACSA), where the Havanan families of the victims are received and they receive medical, psychological and legal assistance. Those entail this type of situations.

At the end of the tour the Cuban President gave statements to the press in which he stressed that "in the midst of pain and dismay, there has been a lot of human solidarity, which is expressed in the support for family members. There has also been efficiency in how to handle all these cases. "

He noted that "it was worked yesterday with great intensity until three in the morning by the staff of Legal Medicine and it was achieved that all the corpses were transferred to the Institute and now the investigative work continues".

Regarding family care, he explained that a multidisciplinary team has been created with psychologists, psychiatrists, doctors, as well as Party and Government personnel, who systematically provide information to family members.

"In addition, the conditions are created for the procedures that are cumbersome, complex, so that families do not have to do it and we can provide that service in a faster way as the bodies are identified."

Meanwhile, "at the Calixto García hospital there is a group of doctors, specialists, nurses, who work with great perseverance and commitment to save the lives of the three patients.

"I believe that there is understanding in families because they have been informed, they have been given good treatment and they have seen the way they are working. There is human warmth, a lot of commitment in people who are making a great effort to overcome pain and do what is right now. "

Diaz-Canel said that "the Army General has been very aware of everything, in the midst of the recovery of a planned operation. As soon as he found out about the event he began to give directions, he was aware, following up on all the information systematically given, always indicating some detail to take into account and that gives the human sensitivity of our First Party Secretary, leader of the Revolution at this time ».
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