HAVANA, Cuba, Mar 16 (acn) Six experienced specialists of the Henry Reeve International Contingent left for Venezuela to advise the Cuban Medical Brigade that works in that country at the risk of COVID-19.
The doctors were seen off by José Angel Portal, Minister of Public Health; Marcia Cobas, deputy minister of that same industry; and Jorge Juan Delgado, director of the Central Medical Cooperation Unit.
Portal recalled the spirit of solidarity that Fidel instilled in the Cuban people and added that the Caribbean island included medical aid to other nations as part of the plan envisaged in the confrontation against COVID-19.
Likewise, he referred to the noble job that the brigade will perform when protecting the more than 20,000 Cuban health collaborators working in Venezuela.
José Betancourt, head of the group, pointed out that despite the slanders to the humanistic purpose of our collaboration; governments around the world recognize the value of the Cuban public health and its proven efficiency against disasters and epidemics.
The expert told ACN the willingness of his team to work together with the Venezuelan authorities and transmit the experience of Cuba in exceptional situations and in the fight against the new coronavirus.
Intensivists, epidemiologists and microbiologists make up the brigade that will instruct colleagues in Venezuela on the protocols for action in suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Commander in Chief Fidel Castro created the Henry Reeve international contingent in 2005 and since then its members have provided service to more than three and a half million patients worldwide.