Havana, Cuba, Nov 4 (acn) – The third brigade of Cuban doctors will leave in the next hours to Brazil, to provide services in the most remote areas of the geography of South American giant.
The new group, which is part of the More Doctors for Brazil, had a farewell ceremony this Sunday in the capital, with the presence of a member of the Party Central Committee, Dr. Roberto Morales Ojeda, Minister of Public Health (Minsap), who handed the flag to the brigade.
Marcia Cobas, deputy minister of Minsap, spoke of the training received by doctors in Portuguese, Brazil’s official language, and the health care system of the sister nation. She said the country, with an estimated area of over 8.5 million square kilometers, most of the territory of the South America subcontinent, is made up by a federal district and 26 states, with five 5,565 municipalities. Brazil has over 190 million inhabitants, which makes it the fifth most populous country in the world. The Brazilian government aims to achieve the goal of having 2.7 doctors per thousand inhabitants which now is 1.8 and for that it needs more than 169,000 other doctors.
Cobas said that the members of this third contingent are mostly young; adding that more than 70 percent of them accumulated over 15 years of experience, with a high sense of ethics, humanism and responsibility.
They represent the 15 provinces and the special municipality of Isle of Youth, and will have the task of consolidating the international recognition enjoyed by the Cuban health system.
Dr. Roilder Frómeta, specialist in General Medicine and Master in Emergency Medicine-who received the flag from the hands of the health minister, acknowledged the commitment involved leading a group of highly experienced professional colleagues, who will work in mountainous, indigenous and jungle areas where people needs them.
The 1st group of Cuban doctors arrived in Brazil on August 24, and the second on October 7, Their dedication and careful attention is already recognized and acknowledged by the Brazilian government and people.