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Holguín Advances in the Elimination of Architectural Barriers
The electric poles in Gibara, Holguín hinder the traffic. Photo: Lisdandra Cardoso
The programme to eliminate architectural barriers in the province of Holguín has progressed from 2017 to date, with the reduction of more than 150 of them in public facilities.

These obstacles hinder the access of persons with disabilities to care and service centres, which lack easy access to implements such as wheelchairs.

Even though progress has been made in organizations such as the Provincial Directorate of Commerce and the Culture Sector, at present there are still barriers that hinder citizens' autonomy, Omar Romero, a member of the executive of the Cuban Association of the Physico-Engine Disabled (ACLIFIM), told ACN.

To counter this situation, he said, a plan is being coordinated through the Provincial Bodies of the People's Power to eliminate the existing walls in the corridors of several of the main arteries of the eastern city.

The measure will facilitate the entry of disabled people to public facilities such as the Alex Urquiola Provincial Library, the Music Center and the Art Center, in areas of the historic center of the city, said the director.

Ana Margarita Aguilera, an affiliate of the organization, indicated that sometimes she cannot access toiletries located on the upper floor of the Currency Collection Stores (TRD) or has needed help to enter the premises, due to the lack of ramps.

Pedro Martinez said that, in addition to the sidewalks, there are sometimes piles of rubble or garbage bags in the corners of the city center, which constitutes a social indiscipline and becomes a barrier.

Maria Guerra, a wheelchair user, also praised the solidarity of Holguín residents, as there is always someone willing to help climb a wall or cross a track.

This eastern province has more than 40 of these obstacles, located in buildings such as the Casa de la Cultura Manuel Dositeo Aguilera, the Museo Provincial de Historia La Periquera and the Casa de la Trova El Guayabero.

In Cuba, there is a policy for the elimination of architectural barriers, implemented through Instruction 1/2000 of the Institute of Physical Planning, which establishes the creation of accessible corridors with six degrees of inclination in public buildings.
With information of Eileen Molina Fernández Cuban News Agency

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