More than 600 people from Matanzas donated their blood due to the fire at the Super Tanker Base

People from Matanzas have made 608 blood donations to support those injured by the fire that affected the Matanzas Super Tanker Base, since Friday.

According to information from the local broadcaster Radio 26while some people voluntarily went to the blood banks, others responded to calls from the CDR, the CTC, the universities of Matanzas and Medical Sciences, the Ministry of Construction, the Ministry of Tourism, in addition to Popular Councils such as the Canimar.

For the campaign, additional extraction centers were set up, in addition to the five in the Yumurine capital, reported José Ignacio Alonso Martínez, director of the Provincial Blood Bank, which was attended massively by residents of thirteen Matanzas municipalities, according to a Sunday report from the Agency Cuban News

Cárdenas, Jagüey Grande, Jovellanos and Colón have enabled their blood banks and mobile units to carry out extractions in workplaces and communities, the official said.

Cárdenas opened four points for extractions in entities belonging to the Ministry of Construction (MICONS) as workers’ camps, including Bachichi, located in the Popular Council of Santa Marta.

In other provinces, such as Ciego de Ávila and Guantánamo, blood donations are also collected in the context of the disaster that Matanzas is suffering.

According to the last part of the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP), a total of 122 people were injuredas a consequence of the raging fire that broke out at the Matanzas Supertanker Base.

Currently, 24 people are still hospitalized, while 98 have been discharged.

A total of five patients are reported in critical condition (49, 61, 62, 21 and 60 years old), three serious and 16 in care.

This Sunday, the firefighter Juan Carlos Santana Garrido, first deceased identified in the firewas buried in Rhodes, his native municipality.

Local journalist Mayelín del Sol posted photos of the funeral on her Twitter account. “Cienfuegos fired one of his sons who died during the work of the fire as the first operator of the foam tank car in the Matanzas accident. His native Rhodes gives the last goodbye. Shocking moment for Cuba,” she wrote.

Garrido had extensive experience as the first operator of the extinguishing equipment of the Special Command for the Protection of the Cienfuegos Refinery.

The body of the Cienfuegos rescuer was found in the early hours of last Saturday. An initial report from the Cuban Ministry of Public Health indicated that his remains would be transferred to the Legal Medicine Room of the “Comandante Faustino Pérez” Surgical Clinical Hospital to proceed with the identification.

So far, 16 other rescuers remain missing who were also hit by the shock waves of an explosion. Governor Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez said at first that it was “urgent to find the firefighters who disappeared in the explosion and attend to their families.”

In the last update provided by the state authorities, it was known that firefighters managed to put out the fire caused by a fuel spill in the first of the three damaged tanks.

“The fire caused by the fuel spill resulting from the collapse was put out… Foam has now begun to be poured on tank 1,” the first secretary of the PCC in Matanzas, Susely Morfa González, reported this Sunday on Twitter.

In May, after the tragic explosion that destroyed the Hotel Saratoga, located in the Historic Center of the city, and left almost fifty dead, more than 200 people came to donate blood at the Institute of Hematology and Immunology in Havana.

At that time, the government enabled the polyclinics of the 15 Havana municipalities, in addition to the blood banks of Guanabacoa and Diez de Octubre and 43 donation points distributed throughout the city.