White Coat

Dr. Jeovany Jimenez on the 11th day of his hunger strike

Dr. Jeovany Jimenez on the 11th day of his hunger strike

Guanajay has a central park that looks like one of a larger town and a gazebo with the majesty of an entire capital. Right there, for 28 days, Jeovany Jimenez staged a hunger strike demanding his right to return to his practice as a physician. He had been expelled from his profession in 2006 when he protested a miserable wage increase for public health personnel. He complained about the meager 48 Cuban pesos ($2 USD), to be added — with great fanfare — to the salaries of surgeons, anesthetists, nurses and other health care professionals. Along with the administrative action applied to him, he was also expelled from the Communist Party in which he was active. In late 2010 and in the absence of any institutional response to his complaints, he opened the blog Citizen Zero on the Cuban Voices platform.

After sending the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) a score of letters over these last five years, the proscribed Dr. Jiménez resorted to a desperate strategy, to stop ingesting food until reinstated in his position. Amidst the sadness of his friends and the curiosity of passersby in Guanajay Park, he started to lose both pounds and hope. From March 5, he refused to eat and saw only two options: abandoning his strike without achieving his goals, or ending up in a coffin. The most unlikely scenario was his legal reinstatement as a doctor, given the stubbornness of our institutions when it comes time to rectify an injustice. And yet, the miracle happened.

On Sunday, two officials from the Ministry of Public Health brought Jeovany Resolution 185, which allows him to return to work in his profession. It even reinstates the monthly salary that he was not paid over those six years of unemployment. To achieve this “happy ending” Dr. Jimenez came armed primarily with his tenacity, this constant that many of his acquaintances cataloged as almost an obsession. This protest didn’t have a political slant, it was work, relying on the magnificent tool of the Internet to give it visibility, along with the microphones of journalists from foreign radio and television stations who shed light on such a disproportionate administrative punishment. But the final touch was his own body. That body that he was sworn to care for in others and that he put at risk in himself to return to the right to heal. A doctor who has struggled so as to return to the clinic, stethoscope around his neck, in the whitest coat, with his prescription pad, deserves more, he deserves a diploma in gold.

125 thoughts on “White Coat

  1. Si yo fuese Dr. Jimenez yo no haría algo de este situacción. Yo pienso que él fue valiente pero yo no pude ser tan valiente como Dr. Jimenez. Yo admiro Dr. Jimenez para ser valiente para está tomando in riesgo grande. Yo no acepto con como el gobierno maltratado Dr. Jimenez.

  2. Si yo fuera Dr. Jimenez yo habria misma cosa. Jimenez es muy valiente. Dr. Jimenez debe conseguir mas dinero por su valiente huelga de hambre. Muchas personas no estaria tan valiente como Jimenez. Jimenez consegui la atencion de otras paiz.

  3. Si yo fuese Dr. Jimenez yo no haría algo de este situacción. Yo pienso que él fue valiente pero yo no pude ser tan valiente como Dr. Jimenez. Yo admiro Dr. Jimenez para ser valiente para está tomando in riesgo grande. Yo no acepto con como el gobierno maltratado Dr. Jimenez.

  4. Él es muy incredible. Es muy interesante que alguien apoye que mucho. Creo que él es un medico bien porque él no se dio por vencido. Si todos las personas apoyan ellos tendría un mejor vida.

  5. Es bueno que él reciba su trabajo. Es bueno que los personas finalmen te escuchen a él. La historia me inspirada. Si fuera tu, haría que tu hiciste. Te respeto. Es bueno que tu luches por tú trabajo. Te apoyo.

  6. Moderator! Why are you deleting my posts and leaving Damir’s takeover statements?

  7. Damir has now officially taken over this site.

    Damir is the main subject of debate. No longer is the team “yoani’s” brainwashing propaganda the reason for people to come here and gloat.

    Damir is.

    Damir won.

    And I haven’t even warmed up yet!!!

  8. I gave up reading anything by that quack a long time ago! Like I’ve said on other occasions, if we ignore it, it will go away. I only have time to read posts that are relevant and helpful.

  9. Here Dumir, I make it simple:

    I have a lot to fear from Cuban government.

    You have nothing to fear from any government in the world, and would probably get a medal from the Cuban government. The world is full of left and right wing fascist trolls like you who support death and destruction for others and a vacation on the French Riviera for themselves.

    So why are you lot, who have nothing to fear from anyone, afraid to show your face?

    Maybe you’re afraid to lose face when Cuba ends up going the way of Eastern Europe? Or maybe none of you are who you say you are?

  10. I left a little typo for anal-onimous to gloat over.

    That’s all he and his ilk can do. Celebrate catching a typo, for there are no errors on an ideological level: capitalism is a dead ideology. It has left the trail of destruction and horrors unseen in history of humans, and only their own church almost matches it for the amount of life destroyed.

    Little wonder 2000 years later the people rose to arms and are happy to avenge their families who had perished from the hand of the church and capitalism.

    An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. Your own bullshift philosophy, and suddenly, beiung on the receiving end, you declare it to be AGAINST the “human rights”!!!???

    Where were you when YOU and YOURS were murdering people for millenia?

    Then it was okay, no?

    Monkeys and asses. Don’t like the taste of fire and lead, do you?

    We don’t either.

    But, now is your turn, cr***s.

  11. What a hypocritic cr**n!!!:

    Help
    Abril 3rd, 2012 at 21:25

    “latina, I ONLY POT HERE BECAUSE I CAN DO SO ANONIMOUSLY.”

    “ISN’T IT IRONIC that Castro’s puppies, who have nothing to fear from anyone, always HIDE THEIR IDENTITIES?”

    IT DOESN’T GET BETTER THAT THIS!!!!

    Damir, and the rest of the world – you know, normal, intelligent people capable of thinking with their own head instead of simply repeating cia-written bullshift material – do not even have to try to prove the nazists to be hypocrites.

    THEY do it themselves!!!!

    I could also pull humperdick’s hypocrisy as well:

    “Humberto Capiro (El Ciberrata)
    Abril 4th, 2012 at 11:28

    “Oh UnHinged! YOU & YOUR POTTY MOUTH keep sinking lower & lower in that BARREL OF FILTH! If you think that you will get a foulmouthed REACTION FROM ME, you are wasting your time dear! THIS OLD QUEEN FORM CALIFORNIA HAS BETTER THINGS TO DO THAN BANTER WITH A LOW LIFE LIKE YOU!”

    Really…??? So calling someone potty mouth and a low life are NOT insults in an empty nazist skull…?

    And how about anal-onimous hero of spelling who never manages to catch the errors, and gross ones made by his own ilk? frAud is a treasure trove of shuch errors, yet anal-onimous doesn’t seem to be reading frAud’s posts.

    Or does s/he?

    Freud
    Abril 4th, 2012 at 10:45

    ……….Human Rights Declaration it doesn’t say ‘Made in Capitalism for Capitalists Only!’ yet!
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    The confusion in your extremely small brain is about THINKING IN capitalism when ANYBODY else is THINKING democracy…… we don’t fight for capitalism because it is impossible, no one can fight something that is necesary because is UNIC….. we fight for democracy while you represent totalitarism……and human right is absolutely not made for TOTALITARISM little sorry brain.”

    AND THE GRAMMAR LIKE: “no one can fight something that is necesary because is UNIC” …!!!

    MY MARX… HAS THIS LOSER EVER SEEN A DAY IN SCHOOL? JUST ONE SINGLE DAY?

    UNLIKELY.

    AND THOSE ILLITERATE, BRAINWASHED PARROTS ARE TRYING TO DEBATE WITH HUMANS ON HUMAN RIGHTS!!!

    JUST BECAUSE A PARROT CAN TALK IT DOESN’T MEAN THAT IT CAN ACTUALLY SAY SMOETHING.

    (LIKE THE CAPS HUMPERDICK…?)

  12. FREE PEOPLE IN CUBA?????? PLEASE,, YOANI has not been thrown in jail only cause the world is watching her. Alan Gross is serving a 15 year jail term for making internet available to a jewish community. Cubans are far from being or living FREE, they can not travel outside the country without Castro’s OK. What happens in Cuba is shameful. Those who support the DICTATORSHIP are what Cubans call DESCARADOS and VIVIDORES. I’m glad everyone enjoys their rights to post on this Blog. I one day hope all those in Cuba can also do the same, and not just a select few and those who risk getting thrown in a nasty rat infested jail.

  13. OH UnHinged! YOU & YOUR POTTY MOUTH KEEP SINKING LOWER & LOWER IN THAT BARREL OF FILTH! IF YOU THINK THAT YOU WILL GET A FOULMOUTHED REACTION FROM ME, YOU ARE WASTING YOUR TIME DEAR! THIS OLD QUEEN FORM CALIFORNIA HAS BETTER THINGS TO DO THAN BANTER WITH A LOW LIFE LIKE YOU!

  14. Freud… if that would be the case I’d be very happy… However you seem to be in that place that whatever argument you and your lot put forward you forget the next day if it suits you..

    You guys seem to think that everything is produced in Capitalism… so that would include freeeedom and democracy… For instance you don’t think there could be freedom without capitalism nor democracy… So mine was a joke…’Made in Capitalism’ is stamped on all your message…

    In more precise words I think and believe that there is a guy in Cuba that is more free than you will ever be! and that guy is not Castro not his family!! but you are blind not to see or meet such guys! As proved by history – free people exist in oppressed societies!

  15. ……….Human Rights Declaration it doesn’t say ‘Made in Capitalism for Capitalists Only!’ yet!
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    The confusion in your extremely small brain is about thinking in capitalism when anybody else is thinking in democracy…… we don’t fight for capitalism because it is impossible, no one can fight something that is necesary because is unic….. we fight for democracy while you represent totalitarism……and human right is absolutely not made for totalitarism little sorry brain.

  16. Thank you for calling me ‘an expert’… It makes for a nice reality check, coming from guys who are never mistaken nor deluded in anything you post here.

    Just to remind you of the girl you kicked out just because she whistled in your bsChurch here?? yeah this is a blog about Cuba…well no no darlings this is a blog about revisionism in connection with Cuba… Yeah we know you are true liberals – the only little issue you have is that on the Human Rights Declaration it doesn’t say ‘Made in Capitalism for Capitalists Only!’ yet!

  17. So HUmbertito –> have you got your outfit ready and out for the counter-rev closet pepito?? Are you gonna go for full white as las Damas, or white with pink stripes since you are American… don’t forget the star on your bottom pocket it should reverberate with the right crowd!! Nice! William may notice! Anyway told if you screw like you talk in capitals… you are a waste!

  18. Griffin, I liked your well considered post in Walrus. Why don’t you post it here?

  19. SOMEONE AT THE MIAMI HERALD COMMENT SECTION WHERE I SOMETIMES HANG AROUND, WAS KIND ENOUGH TO GIVE ME THIS LINK, SO I CAN ADD IT TO MY ARSENAL OF INFORMATION AGAINST THE CASTROFASCIST PROPAGANDA! THE NUMBERS ARE IN THE MILLIONS AND THEY SPEAK VOLUMES ABOUT THIS “EMBARGO” “BLOCKADE”!! JE JE JE!

    UNITED STATES CENSUS BUREAU: U.S. Exports to Cuba by 5-digit End-Use Code- 2002 – 2011 – (In thousands of dollars)

    http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/statistics/product/enduse/exports/c2390.html

  20. Help said: “For now, you’re one of the stars on the Real Big Brother :)”

    Help!! I WOULD LOVE FOR WILLIAM LEVY TO PLAY ME IN THE FILM VERSION! WHAT DO YOU ALL THINK? GOOD CHOICE? WHAT’S OUR OPINION Cuba Libre, UnHinged?? Damir WOULD NOT HAVE A CLUE! AND redcardinal & other Irrelevant Spam Posters EVEN LESS!! JE JE JE!

  21. Griffin, I’m starting to think you’re not a socialist.

    Hey, that means you must be CIA! Dumir and Cube Libra were right after all!

  22. Humberto, if Cuba goes the way of East Germany you should ask to see your files, if you’re curious.

    Unfortunately, they probably have learned their lessons from East Germany and have everything waiting to be incinerated and erased really quickly.

    For now, you’re one of the stars on the Real Big Brother :)

  23. Anónimo #91: “Cuba Libre has his brown nose so far up Fidel’s colostomy bag that he can’t see the forest for the trees.”

    ROFLMAO!

    Cuba Liar wrote: “They fought to free Cuba”

    So why then do the Castros deny freedom to the Cuban people?

  24. Humberto, re: #93,

    I understand your feeling offended. The article was well written, but it was about the tourist experience, not really about Cuba and Cubans. The writer clearly has compassion for the Cuban people, but he also has a great deal of “rich tourist guilt”, which can be confused with compassion. I offer it for what it is.

    Help: Yes, Walrus is a Canadian magazine devoted to social, political and literary topics from a lefty perspective. Most of the time it’s unreadable socialist tripe. I’m sure Cuba Liar has a subscription.

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