New Group of Cuban Doctors Returns from Brazil

Havana, Dec 4 (Prensa Latina) A new group of 204 Cuban doctors, mostly women, returned to Havana from Brazil on Tuesday.

The Cuban medical collaborators arrived on the seventeenth flight that has brought specialists from Brazil, after Cuba’s decision to withdraw from the More Doctors Program, in light of Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro’s hostility.

The initiative was created in 2013 by then Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, with the aim of taking medical assistance to the most remote places of the country.

The Cuban health professionals were welcomed at the Jose Marti International Airport by the member of the Council of State and first secretary of the Young Communist League (UJC), Suselys Morfa, and Deputy Public Health Minister Alfredo Gonzalez, among other officials from the sector.

In his welcoming speech, the deputy minister of Public Health stressed that the Cuban doctors returned victoriously because they delivered their talent, effort and professional work to the most humble and neediest populations in Brazil.

For her part, Dr. Esperanza Caballero, who spoke on behalf of the newcomers, referred to the experiences acquired during the years of mission, and highlighted the Brazilian people’s gratitude for the work by the Cuban professionals.

The specialist, who worked in the state of Maranhao (northeast), expressed satisfaction with her work when she diagnosed with autism a three-year-old girl named Sara, who is now integrated into society.

Since the beginning of the More Doctors Program five years ago, some 20,000 Cuban specialists took care of around 113 million Brazilians in more than 3,600 municipalities.

After the first flight on Tuesday, more than 3,500 health professionals have arrived from Brazil since the beginning of their return home on November 22.

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