In light of hurricane Irma which has caused havoc and left thousands of people devastated in the Caribbean region, Cuba has proved once again to be a friend to its sister countries in the Caribbean region.
More than 750 health workers have left the shores of Cuba to bring medical help to the people of Antigua, Barbuda, Saint Kitts, Nevis, Saint Lucia, the Bahamas, Dominica, and Haiti.
The Cuban workers have been told to follow the guidelines of the Ministry of Public Health (Minsap) and to help in the recovery of countries in the region that have been hit by the hurricane.
“The collaboration of the Central Medical Cooperation Unit, together with the Minsap Management Center, and our embassies, have maintained the communication to assess the damages and assess what help our own collaborators could provide,” Regla Angulo Pardo, the director of the Central Unit of Medial Cooperation in Cuba, told Granma.
The nation of 11 million people has a history of sending medical staff when other nations are in need, having done so during West Africa’s Ebola crisis in 2014 and 2015.
A brigade of more than 600 Cuban health workers went to Sierra Leone in 2014 to help tackle the crisis.
Cuba also sent 1,200 health workers to help in Haiti after an earthquake ravaged the country in 2010.
Cuba’s international medical mission has won the socialist state many friends.
This tradition can be traced back to 1960, when Cuba sent a group of doctors to Chile, who had been hit by a powerful earthquake, followed by a team of 50 to Algeria in 1963.
Pollyanna Davy, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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