HAVANA, Cuba, Oct 7 (ACN) Cuban foreign minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla thanked the Puebla Group Wednesday for defending the truth about the Caribbean country's participation in the Mas Medicos Brazil Program.
On Twitter, Rodriguez Parrilla acknowledged the denunciation by that political and academic forum of the campaign fostered by the U.S. government to discredit Cuban medical cooperation.
The Cuban official also thanked the members of the group, representatives of the Ibero-American political left, for the evident recognition of the solidarity of the Cuban health collaborators.
According to Prensa Latina, the Group sent a letter denouncing an investigation of the program Mas Medicos by the PAHO, promoted by the United States and Brazil, which is clearly politically based.
The letter, signed by former presidents Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (Brazil), Fernando Lugo (Paraguay), Rafael Correa (Ecuador), and other political personalities, indicates that the objective of the Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro administrations is to attack the Workers' Party of Brazil and the government of Cuba.
The aim is to benefit the candidate of the US Republican Party and meddle in the Brazilian municipal elections, the statement points out, recalling that before the creation of Mas Medicos in 2013; Brazil had a deficit of tens of thousands of doctors and had only 1.8 per thousand inhabitants.
The campaign now led by Washington is driven by interests incompatible with PAHO and creates a serious precedent, which may prevent, in the future, the organization's action in international cooperation programs crucial to health care for the Latin American population, the text warns.