Brasilia, Oct 7 (Prensa Latina) Puebla Group, an alliance made up of progressive leaders from Latin America and Europe, rejected the new US maneuvers to use the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) to discredit the Cuban medical collaboration.
Signed by former Presidents Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (Brazil), Fernando Lugo (Paraguay) and Rafael Correa (Ecuador), among other political figures, the letter of the alliance sent to Prensa Latina denounces that the investigation of the ‘Mais Medicos’ (More Doctors) program by PAHO, promoted by the United States and the South American nation, ‘has a clear political motivation.’
The objective of the administrations of US President Donald Trump and Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro is to attack the Brazilian Workers’ Party and the Cuban government, ‘to benefit the candidate of the US Republican Party and interfere in the Brazilian municipal elections,’ the document states. The text recalls that before the founding of the More Doctors program in 2013, Brazil had a deficit of tens of thousands of physicians and only had 1.8 doctors per 1,000 inhabitants.
Puebla Group admires Cuba’s humanitarian effort by providing healthcare services to underserved populations in dozens of countries and especially in the current situation of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Finally, the document denounces ‘the political-electoral motivation and the attack on UN agencies in the ongoing investigation at PAHO.’