Havana, Jan 21 (Prensa Latina) Thirty-nine medical teams of the Henry Reeve international contingent, sent by Cuba, are contributing to efforts of 26 countries to curbe the health crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Cuba’s Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) reported there is a total of 2,544 collaborators in these teams, of which 1,061 guarantee the care of patients sick with Covid-19.
Of these health professionals, 909 work in the so-called red zone, while 99 assist isolation centers.
To date, 55 brigades of the International Contingent of Doctors Specialized in Disaster Situations and Serious Epidemics have worked in 40 countries, and have treated more than 1,090,790 people.
The Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez, recently recalled on Twitter Cuba’s contribution against Covid-19 on all continents, and pointed out that these groups are in addition to the medical collaboration in 59 nations, where they ‘extend solidarity and save lives’.
The Henry Reeve medical brigades were created in 2005 as an initiative of the late Fidel Castro in response to the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina to New Orleans, in the United States.
The International Contingent of Cuban doctors has received nominations to the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize from various countries for its contribution to health, particularly in the context of the pandemic.