Guatemala, Nov 12.- Twenty aid workers from the Cuban Medical Brigade (BMC) in Guatemala will begin today the care of victims in San Cristóbal Verapaz, department of Alta Verapaz, one of the hardest hit by the tropical depression Eta.
The reinforcement detachment is made up of comprehensive general practitioners, epidemiologists and nursing graduates, who will be at the disposal of the Guatemalan Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance where it is most needed, explained to Prensa Latina Dr. Ernesto Jiménez, head of the BMC and of this group.
Jiménez specified that in principle they will cover eight villages in the area, most of them with access only by air due to the devastation left by Eta in San Cristóbal Verapaz, approximately 29 kilometers from the city of Cobán and about 210 kilometers from the City from Guatemala.
"We have in our favor the knowledge of our health professionals, they are 15 men and five women, as well as the experience of some in disaster conditions, so we will raise the flag of our country very high as we have always done" , he assured.
The head of the BMC narrated that in Cobán there is a brigade of 17 members, who from the first moment made themselves available to the Health area and the Emergency Operation Centers to guarantee the care of the sheltered people and sanitary protocols.
Jiménez highlighted the willingness of the more than 400 aid workers to leave for Alta Verapaz and other places that the Guatemalan health authorities decide and so they made it known to the minister of the sector, Amelia Flores, on their tour of several affected areas.
The island's ambassador to this country, María del Pilar Fernández, wished the multidisciplinary team success in this new mission and recalled that once again the solidarity, humanism and spirit of sacrifice of Cubans will be put to the test alongside the most people in need.
Shortly after the diplomatic headquarters put the news on its Facebook page, comments began to arrive from grateful Guatemalans and also from experts on the work of the BMC in 16 of the 22 departments of this Central American country.
"The true army of White Robes, the true warriors, without fear, God always keep them and take care of them all, helping the most needy is an actor of love and more," wrote Juana Torres.
"May that affection and love that they have in their hearts to serve those in need not end, that their services be permanent in our country," María Barreno Choxom posted , in response to power groups that in recent months advocate for the end of the Health Cooperation Agreement between both nations.
On November 5, the BMC celebrated 22 years of uninterrupted presence in the land of the Quetzal, an aid that began in 1998 as a result of the devastation caused by Hurricane Mitch and the request for international aid from the then government of Álvaro Arzú. (Text and photos: PL).