Italian solidarity supports Cuba’s fight against Covid-19

Havana, Jan 27 (Prensa Latina) The Italy-Cuba National Friendship Association (Anaic) delivered today a donation of medical supplies to support health care and Cuba’s confrontation with Covid-19.

Expendable material, means of protection, medicines and specialized equipment are included in the load, coordinated by the Giordano Podenzani Circle of Desenzano and whose value exceeds 400 thousand euros.

Rigoberto Zarza, director for the European area at the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (Icap), thanked the donation and pointed out that among its values ​​stands out the solidarity work that was carried out so that each of the donors knew the Cuban reality and the people’s struggle against the US blockade.

The supplies received will go to hospitals throughout the country, mainly to combat Covid-2019.

In 2021, the Ministry of Public Health received around 400 donation intentions, of which more than 350 materialized, which provided very valuable resources, such as medical equipment, protection material for health personnel, reagents, PCR and antigen and medication tests, Aldo Grandall, an official from the Ministry of Public Health, told the press.

Dr. Yamira Palacios Sanchez, head of the International Collaboration Department of that organization, stressed that the donations benefited the network of laboratories to detect the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus with equipment and reagents, coming from solidarity groups, NGOs, natural persons, medical missions and groups of Cubans residing abroad.

The Anaic was founded in April 1961 and currently has affiliated circles distributed over 70 percent of the Italian territory and more than three thousand 500 members, who promote solidarity actions with the Cuban Revolution and demand the lifting of the US blockade against Havana.

In 2019, this association supported the arrival on Italian soil of the two Henry Reeve Cuban Medical Brigades that cooperated in that country for the confrontation with the Covid-19 pandemic and accompanied them until their return.

For its contributions, in 2021, regarding the celebrations for the 60th anniversary of its foundation, the ANAIC received the 60th anniversary commemorative stamp of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples.


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