In a letter to Biden, 21 government employees claim that the administration is not adequately assisting victims of the “Havana Syndrome.”
Diplomats and government employees in the United States have criticized President Joe Biden’s administration’s response to “Havana Syndrome,” claiming that people suffering from the sickness are not receiving the care they require.
21 government employees and their spouses wrote to Deputy Secretary of State Brian McKeon, alleging that the department has restricted access to competent medical care, ignored scientific data concerning treatment needs, and dismissed sufferers’ experiences.
The organization said they’re still waiting for a meeting with senior authorities, and that leadership has so far refused to “hear directly from its injured people.”
On Wednesday, NBC News reported on the letter, which was dated May 25.
“We were hoped that, after four years of problems, the new government would embrace a cooperation with us to guarantee that those affected receive the care and treatment they require, as well as adequate care for new cases,” the workers wrote. “Unfortunately, our initial experience has fallen short of our now heightened expectations.”
The US has been looking into reports of Havana Syndrome, a strange ailment that initially surfaced in late 2016 at the US Embassy in Havana. Hearing loss, loss of balance, vertigo, migraines, and other neurological problems have been reported by victims.
According to a research published by the National Academies of Sciences, some patients’ symptoms began with the “sudden onset of a loud noise” accompanied by ear ache.
“Beginning the next year, other workers connected to the US Consulate in Guangzhou, China, reported similar symptoms and indicators in varied degrees. Many of these personnel are still suffering from these and/or other health issues as of June 2020, according to the report.
In addition to their letter to the Biden administration, the group of workers made 11 recommendations for the government to consider in order to improve the safety and medical care for people who suffer from the illness.
Among the solutions suggested are guaranteeing “harmonized care,” an accountability review board, training and pre-departure preparation for incoming officers, and long-term cohort monitoring.
“We ask that leadership within the Department respect President Biden’s commitment to advance US diplomacy by prioritizing the health, safety, and security of our officers,” the letter added.
According to a spokeswoman for the State Department, leadership was in place. This is a condensed version of the information.