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Cuba Investigates Psychiatric Hospital Deaths

Monday, 18 January 2010 09:27 AM

Cuban authorities are investigating the deaths of 26 patients at a psychiatric hospital linked to a spell of unusually cold weather.

Human rights activists blamed the deaths on negligence and the dilapidated state of the hospital.

The health ministry said natural causes such as old age, respiratory problems and complications from chronic diseases contributed to the deaths.

Cuba prides itself on its provision of free universal healthcare.

The deaths occurred at the Psychiatric Hospital in the capital, Havana, which houses some 2,500 patients.

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