Havana, Nov 28 (Prensa Latina) The ninth group of Cuban health collaborators who rendered their services in Brazil’s More Doctors Program returned home on Wednesday, after the government”s decision to withdraw from that initiative, due to Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro’s aggressiveness and threats.
Over 123 health workers arrived at Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport after assisting low-income Brazilians, as part of a program set up in 2013 by then President Dilma Rousseff to guarantee medical care for residents in remote and poverty-stricken areas.
On behalf of the group, Dr. Indira Guerra ratified the Cuban doctors’ willingness to carry out any tasks of the Revolution, and highlighted the affection received from Brazilian patients.
Santiago Badia, general secretary of the National Union of Health Workers, welcomed the collaborators and highlighted their commitment and humanism.
On November 14, the Cuban Ministry of Public Health announced the decision to withdraw from the More Doctors Program, in response to conditions and threats by Bolsonaro to modify what was agreed upon in a program that has been considered an example of triangular cooperation, on the basis of the role played by the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO).
In Brazil, Cuban doctors have attended to more than 113 million patients over the past five years, in some 3,600 municipalities, including remote territories plagued by poverty, where people had never had a doctor or primary health care.