Havana, Nov 29 (Prensa Latina) Cuban authorities highlighted Thursday humanism and consecration of the Island’s health professionals, in the welcoming ceremony to the tenth group of collaborators who provided services in Brazil as part of the More Doctors Program.
The commander of the Revolution, Ramiro Valdes, Vice President of the Councils of State and Ministers; the head of Public Health, Jose Angel Portal, and other officials welcomed the more than a hundred doctors who arrived in the capital under the custody of the national flag at Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport.
At the ceremony, Regla Angulo, Cuban Vice Minister of Public Health, stated that they return with all the world’s dignity because they express the highest feelings of loyalty, commitment and dedication.
She also pointed out that Cuban doctors are characterized by ‘their excellent sensibility, a great human quality, great intellectual capacity and a morality beyond all test’, as expressed by the historical leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro.
She added that these values are incomprehensible to the president-elect of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, who criticized the Cuban collaborators, valued by the island’s authorities as disrespectful, false and inadmissible.
The Vice Minister recalled that the Cuban doctors of the More Doctors program covered more than 60 million Brazilians and treated more than 113 million patients in extremely poor places, in favelas in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Salvador de Bahia, in the 34 indigenous districts, especially in the Amazon.
Roberto Gonzalez, representing the honorees, thanked the welcome and confirmed his willingness and that of his colleagues to provide service in Cuba and in any country that requires it.
On November 14, the Cuban Ministry of Public Health announced the decision to discontinue the program created in 2013 by the then Brazilian president, Dilma Rouseff, in view of Bolsonaro’s conditions and threats regarding the permanence of professionals from the Caribbean nation.
The representative of the extreme right, who will assume as Head of State on January 1, 2019, conditioned the permanence of Cuban doctors to the degree revalidation and individual hiring as the only way.
Besides, Bolsonaro contemptuously questioned the preparation of the Cuban doctors.
Cuba has participated in Brazil’s More Doctors program since 2013, which aims to ensure medical care for as many Brazilian people as possible, in line with the principle of universal health coverage promoted by the World Health Organization.