Havana, Jan 21.- 38 medical brigades of the Henry Reeve international contingent, sent by Cuba, today contribute to the efforts of 26 countries in the face of the health crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
As reported by the island's Ministry of Public Health (Minsap), in these teams there are a total of 2,544 collaborators, of which 1,161 guarantee the care of patients with Covid-19.
Of these health professionals, 909 work in the so-called red zone, while 99 support the isolation centers.
To date, 55 brigades of the International Contingent of Doctors Specialized in Disaster Situations and Serious Epidemics have assisted the efforts of 40 countries, and have treated more than one million 90 thousand 790 people.
Recently, the Foreign Minister of Cuba, Bruno Rodríguez, recalled on Twitter the contribution of the island to the confrontation of Covid-19 in all continents, and pointed out that these groups, added to the collaboration in health matters existing in 59 nations, allow extend solidarity and save lives.
The Henry Reeve medical brigades were created in 2005 as an initiative of the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, in response to the damage of Hurricane Katrina to New Orleans, in the United States.
Its members are mobilized immediately between 24 and 48 hours, depending on the type of adverse health event, and participation is completely voluntary, emphasizes the Minsap on its web portal.
For its contribution to health, particularly in the context of the pandemic, the International Contingent of Cuban doctors received nominations from various countries for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. (Text and photo: PL)