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Health Fairs in Bolivia: Light of Hope with the Support of Cuba



Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Apr 10.- The head of medical assistance of the Cuban brigade in Bolivia, Alina Ochoa, highlighted the impact of the Health Fairs that since 2016 Cuban collaborators carry out here.

In an exchange with Prensa Latina, Ochoa explained that the specialties of internal medicine, ophthalmology, gynecology and obstetrics, pediatrics, cardiology, endocrinology, surgery, and gastroenterology stand out among the most required.

Referring to the importance of the fairs, she said that they are events that lead to the continuity of medical care to the patient, something essential to offer an effective service.

Only in 2016, we offered more than 198,000 consultations, the doctor specified, and also said that the work of the Cuban Medical Brigade in Bolivia finds support in the Ministry of Health of the Plurinational State.

According to Ochoa, the most massive fair so far was in Chapare, in which Bolivian President Evo Morales participated, and where they took care of more than 15 thousand patients.

“This year we are working on the organization of national fairs with the intervention of Moto Méndez mission, aimed at providing care for people with disabilities,” she added.

“Also -said Ochoa- we work with the program Mi Salud (My health), from Bolivia, whose main purpose is to bring these services to the neediest populations”.

According to Ochoa, one of the priorities of this year is the revival of Operation Miracle, an initiative that has returned the vision to thousands of people not only in this country but in others in Latin America.

According to local officials, the Cuban collaborators bring the light of solidarity to the people of scarce resources and return the hope to those who only had discouragement and darkness as companions. (PL)