Feb 17 – La Paz, Bolivia (Prensa Latina) After 12 years of work, the Cuban Medical Team in Bolivia continues faithful to the commitment to life and the guarantee of health as an inherent right of all human beings.
Under this premise, on February 2, 2006, the first aid workers arrived, who were part of the Henry Reeve International Contingent to deal with disaster situations, the head of the medical mission, Yohandra Muro, told Prensa Latina.
It was precisely the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, who said goodbye to the doctors who came to Bolivia to collaborate in the solution of the emergency unleashed at that time as a result of heavy floods, she recalled.
Since then, the Cuban doctors have earned with their daily work the respect and admiration of Bolivian authorities and people, who recognize the Cuban contribution to the improvement in the quality of life of the population, mainly in rural areas. The professionals are distributed throughout the national territory, even in outlying areas where previously there was no medical attention.
Arriving at those remote places, knowing that you can help and that your presence can save a child, an elderly or another person, has no comparison, she explained.
During these 12 years we have treated more than 67 million people in the Bolivian territory and we have performed more than 24,000 surgical operations, she added.
She also recalled that Cuban doctors have saved more than 100,000 lives in Bolivia, which she considered one of the most beautiful concepts of cooperation.
With respect to Operation Miracle, she said that they have performed 692,405 eye surgeries, including 59,568 for the treatment of cataracts.
We also have five ophthalmological centers to treat patients with any eye disease, he added.
The team’s leader highlighted the improvement in the quality of maternal and child care in this South American nation, with the participation of Cuban doctors in more than 153,000 deliveries.
In this regard, she highlighted the work of the Bolivian doctors of the ‘Mi Salud’ program, who together with Cuban professionals bring free medical attention to all corners of the country.
Among the best experiences of recent years, Muro identified the celebration of Health Fairs, which now totals 296 with more than 151,591 medical consultations.
These fairs were the idea of Bolivian President Evo Morales, inspired by the thought of Commander in Chief Fidel Castro and the conception of health as one of the most basic human rights.
Through these, the Bolivian government makes sure to reach those places where it is still a challenge for the country to provide quality medical care, she said.
With these fairs, the access of the most needy population to specialties such as pediatrics, cardiology, rheumatology, gastroenterology, among others, is guaranteed, which were forbidden due to lack of resources.
According to Muro, the work they do in Bolivia has the same foundation as the rest of the Cuban medical cooperation in the world.
What prevails is that solidarity, that professionalism, that love, that desire to help, to fulfill and to be able to offer the population the possibility of improving their state of health that, ultimately, is to improve their lives, she said.
The gratitude of the patients treated and the population in general, is another of the positive points achieved in the South American nation. Our mission here is to attend to those who need it and our commitment is to continue with cooperation and defend the internationalist principles inculcated by Fidel since the beginning of the Cuban Revolution, she concluded.
The Cuban medical team in Bolivia has a total of 759 health professionals distributed in all the nine departments of the country.