Cuba formed 14 internationalist brigades in seven days: an unprecedented event

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Cuba formed 14 internationalist brigades
in seven days: an unprecedented event
SAIMI REYES CARMONA | PHOTO: SITE OF THE PRESIDENCY
03 APRIL 2020
Translated and edited by Walter Lippmann for CubaNews.

Havana, 03 Apr (ACN) Cuba has formed 14 brigades of internationalist doctors in seven days to combat the new coronavirus causing Covid-19, a fact that has no precedent in the country’s history.
Marcia Cobas, Deputy Minister of Public Health for Collaboration, International Relations and Information, stated this during today’s Round Table, referring to the work of Cuban health professionals who are currently on mission.
The country has the highest rate of doctors in the world – nine per every thousand inhabitants – and that has made it possible to meet the requests.
Cobas explained that the first brigade that left did so to Venezuela, and since the moment the current pandemic spread to other countries, the Cuban government has received requests that have been analyzed taking into account the country’s resources and rigorous analysis so as not to affect the Cuban people.
Materials and treatments have also been sent, and training was planned not only for the collaborators of the largest of the Antilles, but also for the diplomats and the workers of the institutions where the medical personnel work.
Forming brigades in seven days requires a lot of effort by many institutions in the country and the vice minister thanked the support of the Ministries of Foreign Trade and Foreign Affairs, as well as the professionals of the IPK, who certify each worker who leaves to fight against Covid-19.
In contrast to the entire counterrevolutionary campaign, it should be mentioned that these brigades have joined those of other nations, the vice-minister said.
The country currently has 89,000 doctors and 84,000 nurses, and 9,000 young people will graduate in July, so the country can afford the solidarity aid. Cobas reiterated that the state has spared no effort to put in the resources needed and deliver the most up-to-date information to the people and the workers.
The Minister of Public Health, José Ángel Portal, also spoke at the Round Table this Friday.

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