Rome, June 8 (Prensa Latina) The members of the first of two medical brigades sent by Cuba to help combat the Covid-19 pandemic in Italy returned to their country this Monday after successfully accomplishing the noble mission of saving lives.
The 36 doctors, 15 nurses and a logistics specialist have contributed to the fight against the epidemic in the city of Crema for two months, and they departed today on a Blue Panorama airline flight from Malpensa airport, the main airport in Milan, capital of the Lombardy region.
Italian regional authorities, the Cuban ambassador to Italy, Jose Carlos Rodriguez, representatives of the solidarity movement and Cubans residing in Italy said goodbye to the members of the ‘Henry Reeve International Contingent of Doctors Specialized in Disaster Situations and Serious Epidemics.’
In a simple but emotional act, the undersecretary in charge of International Relations of the regional government, Alan Christian Rizzi, the head of the brigade, Dr. Carlos Perez, and the Cuban ambassador gave some speech.
During their stay in Crema, Cuban healthcare collaborators worked with Italian colleagues in the city hospital, in a campaign hospital built in an adjacent area and in an institution specialized in the care of older adults with associated Covid-19 diseases.
Over 5,000 medical and 3, 668 nursing services and 210 recoveries from Covid-19 validate the outcomes of the work described as ‘intense, productive and very satisfactory’ by Dr. Perez, in statements to Prensa Latina shortly before concluding the mission.
Since arriving in Crema, Cuban healthcare collaborators have been greeted with numerous expressions of gratitude and affection from the authorities, Italian healthcare professionals, the sick, family members and the people in general, to whom they left an indelible mark of altruism and solidarity.