Rome, Jul 20.- The 38 Cuban health professionals who helped confront Covid-19 for three months in the city of Turin, left today for Cuba surrounded by innumerable expressions of recognition and affection.
Although the members of the Henry Reeve Contingent worked in the capital of the Piedmont region, they undertook the return trip to Havana from the Milan- Malpensa airport, in neighboring Lombardy, on a direct flight from the Blue Panorama airline that took off at noon local time.
The Piedmont regional councilor Federico Perugini, the Cuban ambassador to Italy, José Carlos Rodríguez, the president of the National Association of Italy-Cuba Friendship, Irma Dioli and the president of the Agency for Cultural and Economic Exchange with Cuba gave them the farewell.
Also present are representatives of the National Coordinator of Cuban Residents in Italy, the Minister Counselor of the diplomatic mission, Jorge Luis Alfonzo, the Consul General in Milan, Llanio González, and the head of the consular section of the embassy in Rome, Félix Lorenzo, among others.
In a brief but emotional act shortly before boarding the aircraft, Perugini, Ambassador Rodríguez and the brigade chief, Dr. Julio Guerra, spoke.
Doctors and nurses from the Caribbean nation return home satisfied with the work done with their Italian colleagues in the conditioned hospital in the OGR cultural and convention complex. There they performed more than 5,100 medical services, around 29,000 procedures and nursing actions, and treated more than 170 patients with a single deceased.
They also participated in extra-hospital actions and organized, together with Italian professionals, “the First Italy-Cuba Medical Symposium. Exchange on the Covid-19 , which featured 11 presentations on various topics.
The award for civil merit to each member of the brigade by the Piedmont government and the honorary citizenship of Turin awarded to the head of the brigade, Dr. Julio Guerra, were a beautiful closure for the noble work of Cuban doctors and nurses. (Text and photos: PL)