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Cuban Medical Brigade With Presence in Escuintla, Guatemala (+Photos)

Escuintla, Guatemala,Jun 13.- Cuba's state mission in Guatemala confirmed today that in the next hours a reinforcement of doctors from the departments of this country will arrive in Escuintla where the Cuban Medical Brigade (BMC) has a presence.

The group of 20 specialists will join the 26 who live and work in the southern department, one of those hit by the powerful eruption of Fuego volcano on Sunday, June 3.

While they wait for their companions, the medical collaborators of Escuintla continue with 12-hour shifts at the José Martí Federative School, one of the many shelters set up to assist people who have lost everything.

Since the magnitude of people affected by the tragedy was known, the small army of doctors covers daily rotating night shifts there, after concluding their work day in the hospital of that town.

Cooperators voluntarily assume the care and attention of the nearly 200 families that managed to survive the tragedy and remain in the evacuation centers for a week.

In statements to Prensa Latina, the island's ambassador here, Carlos de Céspedes, said that details and strategy were adjusted with the director of the area, María Isabel Pedroza, for the location of that additional force of specialists in Epidemiology, Comprehensive General Medicine, and Pediatrics.

The majority of these doctors are part of the Henry Reeve International Contingent of Physicians Specialized in Disaster Situations and Epidemics, which was created in 2005 by the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz.

With the arrival of more personnel, Cubans will have a 24-hour presence not only at the José Martí Federative School but also at other centers that demand permanent and highly professional assistance.

De Céspedes reiterated the willingness of more than 400 members of the BMC to be together with the Guatemalan people, as 20 years ago, and put their knowledge to help more than 1.7 million affected, according to official figures.

The BMC arrived in this country on November 5, 1998, shortly after the disaster caused by Hurricane Mitch in Central America, and since then it remains in the most difficult places of access in the national geography.

It has a presence in 16 of the 22 Guatemalan departments and covers the others with medical shifts, for which it has won the admiration and recognition of the most humble population, deprived of basic health services.(Prensa Latina)