A brigade of 217 Cuban health professionals left for South Africa to support the fight against covid-19 in that country. This brings to 22 the number of “medical embassies” on the island that have traveled abroad to help save lives.
In total, more than 1,450 men and women in white coats belonging to the Henry Reeve contingent have left for 22 nations in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East in the midst of the pandemic.
In his account on the social network Twitter, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, stated that “without neglecting the responsibility to protect our people and despite the limitations imposed by the blockade, Cuba offers modest cooperation to other peoples,” adding that “in the face of the Covid-19, the priority of all must be to save lives. The Foreign Minister pointed out that “this is a crisis of multiple and devastating effects not only in the field of health, but also in the economy, international trade and our societies in general”.
And he added: “Homeland is Humanity. Under that Martí’s maxim, our health professionals defend medical care, the welfare of the people and life from different corners of the world”.
The Minister of Public Health, José Ángel Portal, referring to the group that left for South Africa, said that the attitude of its members has been faithful to the principles of solidarity of our people and the Revolution.
Despite the attempts by the U.S. government to discredit Cuban medical collaboration, the crisis over covid-19 has shattered Washington’s slanders. “One day we will tell our children that, after decades of films and propaganda, at the moment of truth, when humanity needed help at a time when the great powers were in hiding, Cuban doctors began to arrive without asking anything in return,” said Rafael Correa, former president of Ecuador.
(Taken from Granma)