Geneva, May 26.- The World Health Organization (WHO) presented today the Public Health award in the memory of Dr. Lee Jong-wook to the Cuban medical contingent, Henry Reeve, for its work in facing natural disasters and serious epidemics.
During its 70th World Assembly, WHO presented the award, which was received by Dr. Felix Báez Sarría, member of the brigade, and the Public Health Minister of Cuba, Roberto Morales.
The Executive Board of that international organization decided unanimously to give the award to the Henry Reeve contingent, for the work done in many countries in the world affected by natural disasters, as well as for the work of 250 specialists in African nations during the Ebola dangerous epidemic.
The Henry Reeve contingent was created on September 19, 2005 in La Havana by the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro.
According to official figures, since then a total of 7, 254
Cuban medical assistants helped to assist emergency situations in 19 nations (twice in Haiti and Chile) from all latitudes.
The professionals, trained and qualified for these missions, attended to more than 3.5 million people and saved the lives of about 80,000 patients, according to estimates. (Prensa Latina)