First batch of Cuban doctors return to Cuba from Bolivia

Havana, Nov 17 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez, welcomed back the first group of health workers who returned from Bolivia for lack of guarantees of their physical integrity, after the rightist coup in that country.

In welcoming the doctors, the Cuban Minister of Public Health, Jose Angel Portal, expressed upon their arrival the pride of Cuba for their dedicated work and highlighted the work they did saving lives in Bolivia, the national media reported.

These are 224, of the more than 700 health professionals who were working in Bolivia, as part of the bilateral medical cooperation program, which were abruptly suspended by the coup authorities

In a tweet, the Cuban Foreign Minister said they return with dignity and high moral to Cuba after noble, consecrated and meritorious work.

After the coup in Bolivia against the government of Evo Morales, Cuban personnel began to be harassed. Four of the members of the medical team are unjustly detained by the de facto government police. Coup authorities initiated a campaign to allegedly blame popular rejection to the usurpation of democracy in Bolivia on supposed external financing.

According to information from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, doctors Amparo Garcia, Idalberto Delgado, Ramon Alvarez and Alexander Torres, who are still incarcerated in La Paz Court, have not been mistreated and have good health and mood.

In a statement, the Ministry pointed out there are talks going on so that the four unjustly detained are released immediately and return to their homeland.

As part of harassment on Cuban health personnel in Bolivia, the head of the Cuban Medical Brigade, Yoandra Muro, was unreasonably detained, but she was released together with several other doctors who were held with her.

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