HAVANA, Cuba, Oct 28 (ACN) Moetai Brotherson, deputy for French Polynesia, asked in the Parliament in Paris for regional and international help from several countries, including Cuba, in light of the damage caused by COVID-19 to France´s overseas community.
During his speech, the parliamentarian offered details of the deterioration of the epidemiological situation in more than a hundred islands and atolls of the Pacific and of the need for external support, reported Prensa Latina news agency.
According to Brotherson, French Polynesia with its 272,000 inhabitants has already more fatalities from the coronavirus pandemic than New Zealand, where five million people live.
We are aware of the impossibility of mobilizing the national reserve, based on the situation in the Hexagon, as the metropolitan territory is called, but there are regional agreements with New Zealand and Australia, and in the international arena we saw the presence of a Cuban medical brigade in Martinique, ne noted.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, in the first quarter of this year, Cuba sent more than three thousand health professionals, members of the Henry Reeve Internationalist Contingent, to almost 40 countries and territories to combat the pandemic, in coordination with national and local authorities.
French Polynesia includes more than 100 islands in the South Pacific and extends for more than two thousand km, divided into the Austral, Gambier, Marquesas, La Sociedad and Tuamotu archipelagos.