In Cuba the euthanasia if considered by the Government that all conditions are created, after the approval in December of the new Law of Public health WHAT recognizes the right of people to a dignified death.
This was stated by Dr. Taymí Martínez Naranjo, member of the Council of State and the National Assembly of People’s Power (ANPP), in an interview with the state media. Giron.
In particular, Article 159.1 of the new standard includes the right to access a dignified death through the exercise of end-of-life decisions. In practice, It is not available in Cuba at the moment.
“Using valid methods to end someone’s life is what is known in other places as euthanasia. It will be regulated by a specific law for this subject, if it is determined by the Ministry of Public Health that the conditions are created for itfrom a theoretical point of view, consensus, and material, because it has certainty,” said Martínez Naranjo, also director of the Faustino Pérez Provincial Hospital, Matanzas.
“In these new regulations, it is necessary to establish who are the doctors or personnel who will apply these actions. The professional must also agree to do it or not. Therefore, it will lead to an additional discussion process for its implementation,” he added.
Giron He noticed that even The Cuban Penal Code does not include euthanasia as a legal category. Therefore, the Matanzas state media explained, the person who can induce, facilitate or cooperate in ending the life of another person automatically creates a potential criminal act.
To Cubans who have diseases without medicine, who are in a state of pain —”chronic degenerative or irreversible diseases with uncontrollable suffering, who are in pain or at the end of life, or who have suffered injuries that put them in this condition,” as explained by Dr . Martínez Naranjo-they are left with the option of limiting the therapeutic effort and continuous or palliative care, recognized by the Health Act.
The deputy and member of the Council of State confirmed that palliative care is not new in Cuba and assured that it is available in all hospitals.
“Palliative care and the limitation of therapeutic efforts are not new in Cuba. In fact, in each of our institutions it is done. In primary care, palliative care is also carried out to increase the quality of life of the patient who has a disease without drug treatment or is in the terminal phase; Therefore, you have the right to improve your pain, your breathing, your quality of life, how you feel around you,” said the doctor indifferently. the constant lack of resources and medicineseven the most basic, presented in the island’s hospital centers and hit by all Cubans.
As pointed out by DIARIO DE CUBA when reviewing the draft of the new Public Health Law before it was approved by the ANPP, Thousands of Cuban patients who find themselves in one of the situations described by the doctor face a shortage of medicines that affects the entire population.
The conditions in which they live, without access to supplies such as diapers, cloths or hygiene products adapted to their needs, and the almost no treatments in hospital centers to make the end of life which is more bearable, shows that Having a dignified death in Cuba is a chimeralike most of the the rights claimed by the new Public Health Law recognized.