Havana, Apr 2 (Prensa Latina) The Spanish intellectual and journalist Ignacio Ramonet congratulated Cuba today for the assistance provided to stop the Covid-19, by sending medical brigades to 14 nations.
During an appearance on the television program Mesa Redonda, the also professor recalled that the Caribbean nation has brought health professionals to two European nations; Andorra and Italy, the latter particularly affected by the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes Covid-19.
With the arrival of the pandemic, European countries are feeling the change in neo-liberal policies against their health systems after the 2008 crisis, Ramonet said.
At that time, the European Union’s response was to impose ‘austerity cures’, which resulted in the reduction of public services, particularly against health programs, the journalist stressed.
Cuba, by contrast, has a rate of nine doctors per 1,000 inhabitants, according to data published by the Public Health Ministry.
The nation has more than 95,000 doctors and 84,000 nurses; in total figures this represents sufficient availability to also help those who need it, Cuban Health Minister Jose Angel Portal recently stated at a press conference.
In the midst of the scourge of the Covid-19, more than 500 Cuban doctors and health personnel traveled to countries at various latitudes in response to their governments’ requests.
The health teams arrived in nations such as Nicaragua, Venezuela, Italy, Grenada, Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Dominica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, the Principality of Andorra and Belize.