Washington, Apr 28 (Prensa Latina) Senator from the US state of Alabama, Malika Sanders, asked the National Conference of Black State Legislators for the presence today in the United States of the Henry Reeve Cuban medical brigade, specialized in disasters and epidemics.
The legislator asked that organization for support to convene Cuban health professionals to help fight Covid-19 and other diseases such as cancer, diabetes and AIDS, in association with US medical entities.
When I initially learned that 40 countries from five continents opened their doors to the medical community IN the island to cooperate in the response to the pandemic, I realized that the interest in saving lives is a matter of common interest, said the Alabama parliamentarian .
The International Contingent of Doctors Specialized in Disaster Situations and Serious Epidemics is named after an American soldier who fought for Cuba during its First War of Independence (1868-1878).
Founded in 2005 by the leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro, Henry Reeve prepared to go to Louisiana after the devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina that year, however, the United States government ignored the offer.
From Washington, the government of former President Donald Trump (2017-2021) launched a campaign to discredit Cuban internationalist medical cooperation under alleged arguments of “modern slavery” and “human trafficking,” something that the island’s authorities and the Cubans themselves deny. doctors.
In the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, more than 58 Henry Reeve contingents provided their services in 40 nations that requested their presence.
Sanders also called for promoting that young African-Americans be eligible and study at the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana, from which more than 30,000 students from 118 countries have graduated.
Recent studies indicate that in the United States the prevalence of diabetes will increase in all race and sex groups, although black women and men will suffer the greatest impact, while the survival rate for lung cancer is significantly lower among black women of the Afro-descendant communities.