Cuban Doctors Open Field Hospital in Quake-Torn Oaxaca

Image result for cuban in mexico helping earthquake victimsSome 500 Oaxaca residents were seen on the first day, with 12 surgeries performed as well as an ultrasound, among other procedures.

A team of over 40 Cuban medical professionals has opened a field hospital in Ixtepec, Oaxaca to provide free care to earthquake victims, director Dr. Rolando Piloto Tome confirmed.

Members of the Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade arrived at the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, offering their services free of charge for the next month. Even before the team was completely settled, medics were on the move, caring for the region’s pregnant women.

The hospital opened its doors to a flood of patients Wednesday, utilizing the tons of equipment, medicine, and supplies sent by the Cuban government.

“When we hoisted the flag and sang our anthem many people gave life to Cuba and Mexico,” Piloto said.

Piloto told Prensa Latina that despite the rainfall, hundreds of residents of all ages lined up, dressed in raincoats and holding umbrellas to receive medical attention from the Cuban professionals.

Some 500 residents were administered to, with 12 surgeries performed as well as an ultrasound, among other procedures.

Facilitated by the municipality, the hospital was erected in the Ixtepec sports stadium, offering nonstop care from general family medicine to neurosurgery.

According to Piloto among the services they will be offering during the month of October, will be Gynecology, Psychiatry, Psychology, Pediatrics, Orthopedics, Surgery, Neurosurgery, Physiatry, Imaging, Clinical Laboratory, Integral General Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Epidemiology attention.

He assured that all drugs, ultrasounds, and general care are donated to victims as part of Cuba’s offer of solidarity to Mexico, which suffered two major earthqaukes in as many weeks.

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