Solidarity of Cuba gives prestige to Latin American Medicine Day

Havana, Dec 3 - Cuba today celebrates Latin American Medicine Day with achievements in confronting Covid-19 and proven solidarity with other peoples to combat the pandemic.

"We have lived through complex, hard times, but they have also been times of growth," said the president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, recently during a meeting with a representation of the health sector.

Díaz-Canel congratulated the military hospitals, the first references that the country had in its fight against the new coronavirus, and described the work of doctors, nurses, laboratory workers and technicians from all the nation's health centers as extraordinary.

One of the great successes - with the invaluable scientific contribution - is the vaccination campaign, in which more than 28.4 million doses have already been administered to the population.

The incidence rate of the disease decreased markedly in all provinces, as did that of seriously ill, critically ill patients, pediatric cases and deaths, according to statistics from the Ministry of Public Health.

Faced with the world tragedy, Cuba showed its solidarity through the International Contingent of Specialized Doctors in Disaster Situations and Serious Epidemics "Henry Reeve".

Many personalities and international organizations raised their voices for the group to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, for upholding principles such as humanism and the defense of the human right to health.

Faced with the classification of Covid-19 as a pandemic, the greatest health danger that the world faced in the 21st century, the “Henry Reeve” Contingent prepared to assist the peoples who requested it.

To combat the Covid-19 pandemic, almost 60 brigades were formed, made up of about 5,000 members, who carried out a solidarity mission in some 40 nations.

The so-called Army of the White Coats - among other geographical points - reached Italy and Andorra in Europe, Togo in Africa and the United Arab Emirates in the Middle East.

Likewise, the Turks and Caicos Islands, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla and Montserrat, all island territories of the United Kingdom in the nearby Caribbean environment, which requested help from Cuba to contain Covid-19.

On the contingent Díaz-Canel said: “You represent the victory of life over death, of solidarity over selfishness, of the socialist ideal over the myth of the market. With your noble gesture and your brave disposition to defy death to save lives, you have shown the world a truth that the enemies of Cuba have tried to silence or distort: ​​the strength of Cuban medicine! "

Latin American Medicine Day is celebrated every December 3, the day that commemorates the birth of the Cuban wise man, Dr. Carlos J. Finlay. The Health Worker's Day is also celebrated in the Caribbean nation.

Finlay discovered and described the importance of the biological vector through the metaxenic theory of disease transmission by biological agents, applying it to yellow fever transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. (PL) 


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