Two months after the end of the civil war in Nicaragua, members of the revolutionary junta say the country's economy is in chaos.
GV EXTERIOR Masaya city hospital
CU Sign indicating clinics PULL OUT TO SV waiting patients
SV & CU Cuban doctor talking to woman and child (2 SHOTS)
SV People waiting in clinic
SV ZOOM INTO CU Female Cuban doctors talking to colleagues (2 SHOTS)
SCU Male Cuban doctor talking to man
CU & SV Cuban doctors chatting (4 SHOTS)
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Background: Two months after the end of the civil war in Nicaragua, members of the revolutionary junta say the country's economy is in chaos. The question of aid is a delicate one, and the new government is hoping that the United States will lead the way in providing much-needed funds. However the U.S. is sensitive to Nicaragua's connections with Cuba. Nicaragua stood firm with Cuba at the recent Havana Non-Aligned Conference. Medical teams from Cuba are now working in Nicaragua to help a new free public health service just started.
SYNOPSIS: At this hospital in Masaya, one of the ??? larger cities, three Cuban doctors assist the local medical staff.
The war ended a little more than two months ago and one of the Sandinista junta's first acts was to provide the free health service. But resources are limited.
The country is in ruins. Compared with a growth rate of six percent in 1977 this year's gross domestic product is expected to be down thirty-two percent. The money from last year's coffee and cotton harvest disappeared with fleeing Somoza officials.
The rebuilding will depend heavily on the funds and resources United States might provide. The Nicaraguans say their policy is one of openess, with cordial relations toward both Cuba and the United States.