La Habana, 19 sep.- President of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel, thanked today the example and generosity of the Henry Reeve medical contingent on the 15th anniversary of its foundation, an initiative by the historic leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro.
In a message posted on his Twitter account, the president sent congratulations to the more than 9,000 health professionals who make up the brigade for their work facing and overcoming pain and death in the world, he wrote.
“#HenryReeve, a Contingent of Health professionals, created by #Fidel to bring life where others carry weapons. With his victorious defiance of death and despair, his work inspires us every day”, the head of state published in another message.
The world will one day reward his generous work for the health and lives of millions of human beings invisible to the market, he added.
The International Contingent of Doctors Specializing in Disaster Situations and Serious Epidemics was created on September 19, 2005 in response to the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina to New Orleans, in the United States.
Its mission is to provide humanitarian-medical-health aid to the populations of countries that are victims of natural disasters and epidemics, and to help their recovery.
The name of the Contingent pays homage to the young American, who joined as a line soldier to a detachment of Cuban patriots that landed on the eastern coasts of Cuba in 1869 to join the war of independence.
In the middle of the fight against Covid-19, 52 Henry Reeve brigades supported 39 nations in the confrontation, of which 43 remain active in 33 countries.
To date, they have treated 528,737 patients with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes the disease, and accumulate more than 12,200 lives saved. (Text and photo: PL)