Cuba Sends Doctors to Chile

2010.03.02 - 14:01:56 /

HAVANA, CUBA.- Members of the Henry Reeve Cuban medical brigade for emergency situations left for Chile this Tuesday to help in areas struck by the earthquake and tsunami that have affected large territories of this South American nation.


The brigade is made up of 27 health specialists who were sent off early this morning from Terminal 5 of Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport by Cuban Health Minister Jose Ramon Balaguer Cabrera.


The minister handed the Cuban flag that will accompany the brigade through the mission to Dr. Juan Carlos Andux, head of the brigade. He told them that the humanitarian mission to Chile is a task of honor.


Deputy Health Minister Marcia Cobas told ACN that the brigade is made up of doctors and health technicians from 9 of 14 Cuban provinces. It was constituted in less than 10 hours, “a true record in the organization of this type of solidarity-based medical groups,” Cobas noted.


“The doctors do not know the specific place where they will be sent to in Chile because their destination will be decided by local authorities once the brigade arrives in the country,” Elis Alberto González Polanco, director of the Cuban Central Unit for Medical Cooperation, told this news agency.


The group includes a total of 11 doctors specialized in different medical fields, six nurses and the same number of technicians who carried tents, sets of instruments, equipment, medicines and even their own food, all transported in two Cuban aircrafts.


Chile’s ambassador to Cuba, Gabriel German, attended the farewell ceremony of the brigade at Havana’s airport.


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