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    Transformación integral de los barrios: saldar deudas y acortar brechas

    The residents shared with the Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba their concerns regarding the quality of services

    For four years, Dr. Dayanni Laffita Romero and her family have been living in the house-office of the community of Tuero, in Morón, a building that lacks spaces and good structures to provide shelter and health. That reality must begin to change in 2022, when the comprehensive transformation program for vulnerable neighborhoods stops there.

    With just over 1,100 inhabitants, Tuero is on the outskirts of the popular council El vaquerito, also located on the outskirts of the Rooster City. Tuero is rural and vulnerable, with all that this implies: it was born and grew up without adherence to the mandates of urbanity, without hydro-sanitary networks, with poorly laid roads. Combine well-built and comfortable houses with others that are not.

    In addition, right in the center of that fabric of dusty alleys and fenced Backyards, a family doctor and nurse's office, a multi-grade school and its little park, the warehouse, the small square and a "complex" that serves as a Dining room of the Family Care System and bar-cafeteria. A new work system of the Provincial Party Committee (PCC) in Ciego de Ávila began this Friday in that corner of Moron, which provides for comprehensive and periodic visits to the municipalities.

    In Dr. Dayanni's house-office, Morón authorities, Nilka Drake, first secretary of the Party's Municipal Committee, and Magdalena Díaz Matos, president of the Municipal Assembly of People's Power, explained to Carlos Ruiz Garrido Pérez, a member of the Central Committee of the Party and its first secretary in the territory, the scope by quarters of the transformation in vulnerable neighborhoods.

    Besides, the proposals included in the Economy Plan, the province has a budget of 8.1 million pesos to carry out actions in 11 communities. Although the tour began with Tuero, the first to materialize the change will be Patria and El Chillante.

    Transformación integral de los barrios: saldar deudas y acortar brechas

    The civil works of the location of the oxygen generators were checked. The Roberto Rodríguez Hospital needs about 1,000 liters of oxygen daily

    In fact, it is already noticeable, because according to Yolexis Valdés, municipal director of Education, four centers are being intervened in those localities and for this, the services of state and non-state actors of the Economy have been contracted. In total, there will be eight schools that will receive renovation in 2022, including the Ángel Gutiérrez Núñez multigrade school in Tuero. It is just a first step to reach a municipal network of 40 institutions, all of which need constructive actions, to a greater or lesser degree.

    In reality, the old man who questioned Garrido Pérez was queuing for bread, but when he saw the Secretary arrive, he forgot his daily routine and began to talk. He spoke, precisely, of the quality and size of the bread, a complaint that would come up several times throughout the tour. “Look, Secretary, it is true that the problems are there, but they can be resolved. For example, now they came and fixed the street a bit, that has to be done with everything. It cannot be that because there is a visit things are done, because the visit then leaves and we stay. So you see, the bread today came better, is it a coincidence?”

    The top party leader, after listening to the old man and agreeing with him on the importance of sustaining what is done, explained the scope of the program for the comprehensive transformation of the neighborhoods and the need for the people to be protagonists in decision-making and auditing. He also recalled the limitations derived from the confrontation with COVID-19 and the effects of the intensified blockade in times of pandemic.

    A conclusion that was reiterated in the State Agricultural Market Number 13 El Platanito, now under the administration of the Agri-business Company in Florencia. When the entourage that accompanied Garrido Pérez arrived at the square, the paint still smelled fresh and the baskets were full of food and vegetables of very good quality. Customers gathered at the entrance and the murmur seemed to confirm the collective assumption: "what is needed is to keep it that way forever."

    The town took the opportunity to comment on other concerns related to public lighting, since its absence increases the danger of the main and busiest road in Morón. A road that passes by the side of the Nursing Home, a construction completed in 1944 as a municipal hospital and which, since 1991, has served as a nursing home. There, the ravages of time and the lack of timely maintenance have led to a deficient hydro-sanitary network that is frequently obstructed and a sanitary pit on the verge of collapsing.

    Doctor Noel Fajardo Losada, director of the institution, and Xiomara Vidal Hernández, administrator, accompanied the member of the Central Committee of the Party to the laundry, where two washing machines are not enough to respond to the demand for clean clothes from the 66 elderly people who live there. These washing machines, as well as those of the Roberto Rodríguez Provincial Hospital, bear the seal of SERVTES, a local development project that has recovered equipment, even ready for technical discharge.

    When Garrido Pérez entered the Roberto Rodríguez laundry, one of the washing machines had “sung” and they were already calling the Albertico engineer, Alberto Gómez Abreu, “mastermind” behind SERVTES and doer of the impossible. With a demand of 500 to 700 kilograms of dirty clothes to be washed daily, the urgency is understandable.

    In the Roberto Rodríguez, accompanied by its director Yoenki Tapia Valido, the First Secretary toured the site where two oxygen generating plants will be set up (scheduled to be installed last December, but delayed), which will prevent that health center from running out again “ air”, as happened at the most critical moment of the confrontation with COVID-19 in the province.

    A very young Miguel Mazorra Pazos, head of the Neurosurgery Service of the Moronense hospital, explained to Garrido Pérez and the rest of the political and administrative officials present there the results of the service, where the also very young Bolivian doctor Reinaldo Cori, a resident of Second Year in Neurosurgery.

    "They have had to train at a particularly complex time, under the scourge of an epidemic of COVID-19 that made everything more difficult," said Garrido, praising them for continuing to provide quality services in the midst of that circumstance. A circumstance, aggravated, by the way, by the lack of equipment such as an optical electron microscope and a craniotome, which have not been able to be acquired at the country level. With these technologies, the diagnosis and treatment of the main pathologies attended by the service would be better: neurotraumas, tumors, hydrocephalus and aneurysms.

    "This year we are going to end up with 36.6 hectares of ponds planted with claria fingerlings and cyprinids, fundamentally." It was the explanation given by Ramón Pardo Ávila, director of the Fingerling Center, at the time that Garrido Pérez became interested in the recovery actions of breeding, reproduction and fattening capacities in that entity, “heart” of aquaculture in Ciego de Ávila.

    The Secretary of the Party had participated moments before in the Assembly of Exemplars, where four comrades were proposed to join the ranks of the PCC. "You are the base of our Party," he told them and urged them to work hard on the sustainability of an essential program to guarantee protein for the people.

    If it were necessary to turn a work visit into a metaphor, so that it transcends temporality and scope, we would have to say that this first comprehensive approach of the Provincial Bureau of the Party to Morón ended as it began: in the neighborhood. Back in Tuero Garrido Pérez attended an assembly of federated women that coincided with his presence, obviously.

    Then the Yambambó sociocultural project, defender of Haitian traditions planted in the community by its people, danced to the rhythm of drums and cowbells. The women of Famme Zetwal were the protagonists, with beautiful smiles, their flowing and colorful dresses, and the swirling dance. A force of Nature, the women of Tuero, is the truth.

    Transformación integral de los barrios: saldar deudas y acortar brechas

    Yambambó has culturally revolutionized the community.

    Moreover, from there to Roberto Rodríguez Street, the main street of the El Vaquerito popular council, a road that had just been passed by a “knife” and that just because of that, said the residents there, it was passable. "Here you couldn't walk, one hole after another," commented a neighbor who regretted that the road did not pass in front of his house.

    At the height of the El Roble Canal bridge, Garrido Pérez stopped to talk with the members of the construction forces in charge of the works: the Road Maintenance Company brigade and the El Vaquerito Construction Company. It was agreed on site to clean the canal as much as possible, because in the rainy season a heavy downpour floods the neighborhood. The memory of last year's flood is still warm. "The water came through here," said a neighbor and marked above the knee. "Not even in a pedicab could you pass, the water dragged you.

    "The repair of the main street of El Vaquerito, a peripheral and uneven neighborhood (combines three-story houses with buildings in poor condition), which will include the so-called inverted penetration (asphalt liquid on the solid rock), is an almost historic approach in the system of People's Power that, finally, will have a solution. This is what is expected from the comprehensive transformation of the neighborhoods: pay off old debts and reduce the gaps in equity.