Over 770 Cuban health professionals are currently providing services in Bolivia, many in remote areas, including 106 specialist doctors
HAVANA.— “We will always appreciate the support of the Cuban Medical Brigade,” stated Bolivia’s Minister of Health, Adriana Campero, on August 23.
Speaking to Prensa Latina in the Bolivian Embassy in the Cuban capital, Campero explained that today over 770 Cuban collaborators are providing their services in her country.
“They are all specialists and are present in places where many of our compatriots do not want to offer their services to the people,” Dr. Campero, who studied Medicine in Cuba, noted.
Campero emphasized that Cubans work in remote areas of the country and very close to its borders.
“In the nine departments of Bolivia, Cuban doctors are present, and in addition to guaranteeing healthcare in the sites where they are located, they support us in the implementation of the health programs promoted by the government,” she added.
The minister noted that together with Bolivian doctors, Cubans participate in the country’s recognized health fairs.
“We take a mobile clinic to the most remote communities, the last fair was held in a town called Lauca Ñ, in the Tropic of Cochabamba,” she explained.
“We undertook more than 22,000 medical consultations, and the residents of that and the surrounding areas were able to benefit, free of charge, from the work of 106 Cuban doctors in 22 specialties.”
Campero also noted that Bolivian doctors from the Mi Salud and Telesalud social programs participated, and provided assistance with translations for indigenous communities.
“In those three days many lives were saved, and patients were referred to hospitals who after a diagnosis needed more complex care,” she added.
“We went and explained our health programs, and we took allowances for pregnant women,” the minister stated.
“Now in Cuba, we are undertaking a packed agenda as the Ministry of Health, along with the Bolivian ambassador here, Juan Ramón Quintana.
“We have covered different topics, the first of which is the training of doctors in a second specialty, that is those who have already graduated as Comprehensive General Medicine doctors, can pursue another specialization.
“We had a meeting with Cuban Health Minister Roberto Morales, and we are grateful for the willingness to open up the specialties offered to our Bolivian colleagues, which the country needs.
“We also addressed the possibility of new medium-term training opportunities for more specialists for the nation,” Campero added.
“We want to work on another framework convention that includes the exchange of scientific research, technical, and commercial guidance between the two countries on medicines and health technologies.
“Together with Quintana, we visited the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM), where we had a meeting with the management.
“We currently have more than 3,000 medical graduates from ELAM working on Ministry of Health plans in more than 25 indigenous communities in 307 out of 339 municipalities, in places where other doctors had never arrived.”
The minister emphasized that these medical personnel are based in remote communities where they are most needed.
Campero added that they are currently organizing Disaster Contingency Rapid Response Brigades.
“In fact, a major disaster occurred in the southern department of Tarija, and we were there with our team,” she concluded.
Prensa Latina, Granma
August 25, 2017