Havana, Cuba, Apr 27.- On the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl catastrophe, Ukrainian authorities acknowledged once again the Cuban assistance in overcoming the consequences of the nuclear accident and the humanitarian help to the victims.
In a meeting marking the event in Kiev, Vice First Minister Serguei Tigipko handed certificates of acknowledgement to Cuban health specialists involved in the island’s Chernobyl Children medical program, according to a report by the Cuban National News.
Tigipko said Cuba is the only country that has provided medical assistance to Chernobyl victims for 21 years. He said a total of 25,000 people suffering from different diseases as a result of the nuclear radiations have benefited from the Cuban program, of them 21,340 children.
Director of the medical program in Havana, Julio Medina de Armas, said a nursing home for victims of the accident was opened in Ukraine, financed by the government of the European country, in 1998 in which Cuban doctors are working as advisors.
On December 2010, Ukrainian foreign minister Konstantin Ivanovich Grishenko visited Cuba and thanked Fidel and Raul Castro for the help of the island to the victims of the atomic accident. (acn).