Cuban Ministry of Public Health recently affirmed that the dispatching of doctors outside the country does not affect the way the island faces the pandemic.
Cuba have, as of this Thursday, 1,218 health professionals in 21 countries on various continents to stop the spread of the new coronavirus.
The scope of the Cuban medical brigades reaches countries in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East, in the midst of the pandemic, to help contain the spread of the disease in those territories.
Two years ago, the administration of President Donald Trump began to criticize the Cuban programs. However, Cuba insisted that the brigades showed the humanistic nature of the revolution and despite the discrediting campaign, it maintains its medical cooperation and assistance missions.
Sin descuidar la responsabilidad de proteger a nuestro pueblo y pese a limitaciones impone el bloqueo, #Cuba ofrece modesta cooperación a otros pueblos, sin evaluar conveniencias políticas o ventajas económicas
— Bruno Rodríguez P (@BrunoRguezP) April 23, 2020
At the time when the pandemic hit the world, the country has sent aid to sites that requested it. The first of these was Lombardy, the epicenter of Covid-19 in Europe. Then Andorra, also in Europe, and henceforth they were deployed in various countries.
Venezuela, Nicaragua, Suriname, Jamaica, Dominica, Belize, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, among others, already have Cuban doctors fighting the pandemic. In the last week, they have confirmed their presence in Cape Verde, Honduras and Togo.
In Venezuela, Cuba has a big presence of Cuban doctors participating in the social health program “Mision Barrio Adentro” since 2003, and they are also participating actively in the successful Venezuelan efforts to break the Covid-19 contagion chain with house to house visits and mass testing.
Estas acciones son y seguiran formando parte de nuestro pueblo y gobierno, como resultado glorioso de aquel Girón #CubaMali #FuerzaCuba #CubaSalva #CubaPorSalud Dixan 27 años, pertenece a los valientes de batas blancas,miembro Brigada Médica Cubana Henry Reeve, en Togo pic.twitter.com/5aZXXqYHUA
— Embajada de Cuba en la República de Mali (@EmbaCubaMali) April 19, 2020
“It is a natural gesture of Cubans, it expresses their internationalist character, the way they see life, as Fidel (Castro) said many times: Cuba does not give what is left over, it shares what it has,” said the governor of Luanda, Luther Rescova, upon receiving the Caribbean brigade in Angola.
Currently, Cuba keeps the channels of solidarity open to assist countries that need their help in the face of the pandemic.
Featured image: Map of Cuban medical brigades fighting covid-19 around the world, Courtesy MINREX Cuba.
Translated and edited by JRE/EF