Cuban medical brigade leaves for the Bahamas to face Covid-19 | News


The Cuban Deputy Minister of Public Health, Dr. Regla Angulo Pardo, dismissed this Friday the first brigade of the Henry Reeve International Contingent of Doctors Specialized in Disaster Situations and Serious Epidemics, which will provide medical assistance in the confrontation with Covid-19 in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.


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These are 50 nursing graduates from 12 Cuban provinces, and who will join the collaborators who already work in the Caribbean country in the care and control of the disease caused by the Sars-Cov-2 virus, which has shown a rise in infections as a result of the expansion of the Omicron variant.

In this regard, Dr. Michael Cabrera Laza, director of the Central Unit for Medical Cooperation (UCCM) of Cuba, explained that the group is the 58th group that provides services during the new coronavirus pandemic in a total of 42 nations, counting Bahamas, and starting with the Italian region of Lombardy.

The official detailed that since 2020 some 4,700 collaborators on the island have faced Covid-19 in dissimilar latitudes; while in recent times the Henry Reeve brigade also lent its solidarity aid in Honduras, faced with the scourge of intense rains; and Haiti after the earthquake of August 12 last year.

For her part, Glenda González Cuesta, who is leading the group of health professionals, pointed out that of the 50 members of the group, 42 are women; all have more than 10 years of work experience; and 86 percent have previously completed internationalist missions.

The departure of this contingent responds to a request made by the Minister of Health and Welfare of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Dr. Michael Darville, to his Cuban counterpart José Ángel Portal Miranda.

To which is added the fact that the highest health authorities of both countries signed a cooperation agreement on January 8, to respond immediately to the situation arising from the scourge of Covid-19, and the expansion of the Omicron strain.

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