Italy Set To Get 500 Cuban Doctors

Cuba will send nearly 500 doctors to the Calabria region of southern Italy, Cuban state media reported last week, part of a broader program that sends surplus medics from the communist-run island to countries in need.

State-run media outlet Cubadebate said Calabria had been suffering from a shortage of doctors since 2010, part of a countrywide healthcare crisis, and had been unable to fill the need any other way.

Cubadebate cited Calabrian President Roberto Occhiuto as saying all the regions are trying their best to hire doctors but are not finding any. This problem is much more serious in Calabria.

Cubadebate reported that Cuba will send 497 doctors of various specialties to the region in the coming months, beginning in September. 

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