Lima, June 4 (Prensa Latina) A contingent of Cuban doctors arrived in Peru to cooperate with the fight this country is waging against the Covid-19 pandemic, and their chief, Raudel Vargas Olivera, declared that the mission is an honor for them.
The 85 doctors, nurses and other health professionals arrived on a Peruvian Air Force (FAP) plane sent to transport them and which landed at the base of Air Group No. 8.
The specialists were received by the Cuban ambassador to Peru, Sergio González, and by the coordinator of the operation and representative of the Minister of Health, Víctor Zamora.
“For us it is a great honor to be here in Peru, it means Cuba’s contribution to save lives in Peru as part of the Henry Reeve international contingent, specialized in disasters, in catastrophes, in this case the pandemic”, the head of the internationalist group told Prensa Latina.
He added that it is also a great pride for him and his comrades, ‘to come and contribute to offer our solidarity, our professionalism, our altruism, with the sensitivity of Cuban medicine, put in function of cooperating with the Ministry of Health of Peru, in the fundamental task which is to fight the pandemic and eliminate the coronavirus’.
Cuban health professionals arrived in a country which, according to the latest official report, has registered 178,914 cases of Covid-19 and the disease which since March 6 has caused 4,894 deaths.
In the next few days, divided into groups, they will travel to cities in the interior which have been seriously affected by the pandemic and whose authorities and inhabitants have requested their arrival, as has the Congress of the Republic.
Their arrival, by virtue of a bilateral agreement, was preceded by multiple expressions of satisfaction and support from social organizations and personalities for the international initiative that nominates the Henry Reeve Brigade for the Nobel Peace Prize for its altruistic work in many countries.
It also coincided almost exactly with the arrival of the first Cuban medical brigade in Peru, 50 years ago, which came to assist the victims of the earthquake of May 31, 1970.
(Taken from PL)