LA HAVANE, 17 avril (Reuters) Un guérisseur spirituel qui opère avec une machette et dit à ses patients de boire une demi-bouteille de rhum
par semaine les empêchera d’obtenir le Covid-19 est devenu populaire à Cuba. Les méthodes peu orthodoxes de Jorge Goliat ont de plus en plus attiré les Cubains qui recherchent des alternatives aux médecines traditionnelles.
Son service de santé propose également un réseau de 498 polycliniques réparties dans tout le pays, dont beaucoup proposent des traitements spécialisés que l’on trouve plus couramment dans les grands hôpitaux.
The healer claims nurses are wary of working with him for fear they may end up in jail, and that police have investigated his unorthodox practice in the past, but insists he is not doing anything illegal.
‘Let the police come and check everything they have to check’, he said.
‘The inspectors who come here are right to come here because of the number of people but I am not doing anything wrong.’
Cuba has long been praised for its strong health care sector and high number of doctors often dubbed the ‘white coat army’.
At the height of the pandemic last year nearly 40 countries, including Italy, Mexico, and Togo, received Cuban doctors to help fight virus outbreaks.
But, in recent months, that reputation has wavered slightly as the country has experienced a surge in Covid-19 cases.
As of April 14, the country had reported 89,404 cases, among them 487 deaths.
Though still much lower figures than other countries, Cuba has seen a dramatic surge in infections after recording only 11,863 cases in 2020.
The country’s health care system has also come under fire for failing to secure licensed vaccines from abroad. perhaps explaining the surprising turn to alternative medicine.
Government critics have said Cuba should have purchased approved vaccines from abroad to kick off its immunization campaign while it completed trials on its homegrown vaccines, Soberana 2 and Abdala.
Instead, nearly all of Havana’s residents are set to receive experimental jabs by May in the hopes a nationwide vaccine can be rolled out by the summer.