By Wiliam Urquijo Pascual
Caracas, Apr 22 (Prensa Latina) Cuban health professionals remain deployed fighting the novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in Venezuela, Reinol Garcia, head of the Cuban medical mission in this country, said.
The director stated on Tuesday that Cuba has 21,600 health collaborators in Venezuelan territory, 12,000 of which are researching possible cases of the disease in all communities of this South American country.
In statements to Prensa Latina, Garcia stressed that these tasks have the laudable result of carrying out more than 350,000 rapid tests to detect the SARS-CoV-2 pathogen in the population.
The intensive research and house-to-house visits along with the social isolation measures implemented by the Bolivarian government are the reasons that explain why Venezuela does not currently have a catastrophic health situation like other countries in Latin America and the rest of the world, the head of the medical brigade said.
Cuban doctors and other health workers are also working in the Comprehensive Diagnostic Centers (CDI) assisting Venezuelan patients, not only those who have been affected by coronavirus, but also by other common pathologies, Garcia said.