Colombia will donate human skin to Cuba for the victims of the Matanzas fire

Colombia will donate 3,000 square centimeters of human skin to Cuba to care for victims of the Matanzas fire, which left 16 dead and 146 injured, official sources reported Tuesday.

The donation was managed between the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Colombia, the Vice Ministry of Health of Cuba, the Embassy of Cuba in Colombia and the Tissue Bank of the District Institute of Science, Biotechnology and Innovation in Health (IDCBIS) of Bogotá.

The Colombian Minister of Health, Carolina Corcho, valued the work of the team that achieved this donation and assured the Cuban ambassador to Colombia, Javier Caamaño, that this act of solidarity is aimed at "establish a dialogue of knowledge with you".

In this regard, Caamaño assured that one of the virtues of the Cuban people is that they are "very thankful" and acknowledged that Minister Corcho was the first to contact him to offer Colombia’s services and capabilities to support them in the emergency.

On August 5, a huge fire broke out at the Matanzas fuel depot base, the most important in the country, when lightning struck one of the eight tanks in the industrial park, according to Cuban authorities.

The flames affected four tanks with a capacity of 50,000 cubic meters, causing strong explosions, with flares of several tens of meters.

The Cuban government decreed two days of official mourning that ended last Friday with a posthumous tribute to 14 of the 16 victims, who until last week were still considered missing and whose bone fragments were found at the accident site.

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