Street Vendors, a Constant Worry for the Readers of Granma / Laritza
Laritza Diversent, Translator: Unstated
It's true that the cries of the street vendors are annoying, but it is
the best option for those in the hospital, or those taking care of a
sick person, I don't think banning their sales is the solution,"
commented Maria Elena, while buying a sandwich from a reseller at the
Julio Trigo Hospital in Arroya Naranjo.
But L. Alvarez Padron is "in complete disagreement with dissimilar
self-employed trades coming to make their sales at different hospitals."
He made this known in his letter published last March 25, in the Letters
to the Editor section of the newspaper Granma, where he also received
the government's response this May 27th.
On Friday, the newspaper published a "response to the measures adopted
to eliminate the sales by the self-employed in health care
institutions," from Dr. Alfredo Gonzales Lorenzo, top representative of
the of the health sector in Havana province, to the letter writer
The reader complained about the "…sellers of baby clothes who burst into
the rooms or cubicles of the birthing center at the National Hospital,
calling out what they sell in each room, causing very undesirable
"It's a situation we can not allow given all the negative consequences
it brings, so measures have been applied at different times, to address
it without our having achieved the necessary effect," admitted the
Provincial Health Directorate in the capital, who recognized "there was
a rich exchange on the topic" between the reader and hospital
He also reported that, "The statements of the letter and the facts
themselves," were discussed in hospitals with their managers and
workers. According to Dr Lorenzo Gonzales, the provincial administration
planned a program of actions, that include applying measures and
demanding individual and collective responsibility from the workers of
He also made known that the Provincial Administration Council (PAC) of
the capital agreed at a meeting this April 11, to include "in the
regulations of areas for self-employment, that sales around the
hospitals are not authorized."
"It is true they sell at high prices but with a little cake or a toy
from the street vendors here, I can calm my child for the 4 or 5 hours I
have to wait for our turn to see the doctor, because there is never
anything in the State cafeteria," said Xiomara, the mother of a child
who is seen monthly at the orthopedic clinic at the Boyero William Soler
Even when the state declared itself unable to satisfy the demand for
services from the population, Dr. Gonzales Lorenzo, at the end of his
response, requested "the cooperation of all our people in the
revolutionary struggle, to not allow vendors to proliferate," in hospitals.
August 9 2011