Cuban doctors blaze a trail of solidarity in Chimbote, Peru

Chimbote, Peru, Sep 21 (Prensa Latina) A trail of solidarity and recognition was left by a group of 27 Cuban doctors who, for three months, participated in the hardest days of the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic in Chimbote city in northern Peru.

Cuban healthcare professionals felt their patients’ affection in the farewells, earned by their professionalism and human quality. They have worked at several areas of La Caleta Hospital, which resisted the idea of Cuban doctors’ departure to the Andean city of Huaraz, capital of the Andean region of Ancash.

‘They can’t go,’ said one of the Peruvian nurses, with premature nostalgia on the departure day, to the Cuban healthcare professionals, members of the 87th medical brigade.

Those doctors belong to the Henry Reeve International Contingent, who arrived in Peru in June, and they should receive the Nobel Peace Prize, as requested by a world current, for their altruistic work in emergency situations in dozens of countries.

The farewells were narrated by the Cuban doctor Mario Hector Almeida, the group’s reporter who keeps a diary about their experience in that Peruvian region, where Cuban medical solidarity arrived half a century ago, after a great earthquake.

Almeida referred that the Peruvian doctors Ana Herrera and Tatiana Requena gave red shirts with the Peruvian national shield to their Cubans colleagues who have worked with them in the Covid-19 patient care room.

Cubans also worked in the emergency services and in the primary care operations carried out by the Health Directorate in popular neighborhoods of Chimbote and in other nearby provinces.

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