Cuban medical cooperation, which began over half a century ago, has been present in about 120 countries with 135,000 voluntary workers, pointed out Roberto Morales, member of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC) and minister of this sector.
Morales chairs the 67th World Health Assembly under way this week in Geneva, Switzerland, where he said that at present over 50,000 health professionals are offering their services in 65 nations, 25,000 of which are physicians.
Doctor Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO) praised in that meeting the medical cooperation that has increased health indicators in various peoples, in the presence of the 194 representatives of the same number of nations that are members of that international organization.
In statements to ACN, Doctor Jose Luis Di Fabio, representative to Cuba of the WHO and the Pan-American Health organizations, praised these contributions and also described as invaluable the training of human resources, not only for the Cuban people but also for nations in need.
He underlined the training at Havana’s Latin American Medical School, free of charge, of some 15,000 physicians coming from the most vulnerable populations of various parts of the world, who after graduation return to their countries to serve their communities.