Wednesday, June 14, 2006


Havana, Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006. Year 10 / Number 162

Bolivian President Evo Morales opens a health clinic to be staffed by Cuban physicians on Wednesday at La Higuera, the place where Ernesto Che Guevara, the legendary doctor-guerrilla commander, was murdered in 1967.

Choosing Che’s 78th birth anniversary for the occasion, Morales will also deliver diplomas to 17 area residents who just completed a literacy program using the Cuban "Yes I Can" method.

Earlier in the day a Comprehensive Diagnostic Center donated by Cuba to Bolivia will be inaugurated at Valle Grande, where Che’s remains were discovered and exhumed before being sent to Cuba in 1997.

Dr. Jorge Gonzalez, rector of the Higher Institute of Medical Sciences of Havana, and Camilo Guevara, Che’s son, will be on hand for both ceremonies. Gonzalez headed the research team that recovered the remains of Che and his comrades.

For technical reasons both ceremonies can not be broadcast live by satellite, however the clinic opening at La Higuera will be broadcast on Cubavision, the Educational Channel, Cubavision International, Radio Rebelde and Radio Havana Cuba starting at 6:00 p.m.

The broadcast will be possible thanks to a joint effort of Cuba’s ICRT, TeleSUR and Bolivian Channel 7.

Bolivia's President Evo Morales (2nd R) gives a piece of birthday cake to Camilo Guevara of Cuba (2nd L), son of Argentine revolutionary hero Ernesto "Che" Guevara, next to Bolivia's Vice President Alvaro Garcia (back C), as they celebrate Guevara's birth, in the southeastern Bolivian town of La Higuera June 14, 2006. REUTERS/Carlos Hugo Vaca

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