Cuba Offers to send over 1,500 doctors to help

PRENSA LATINA, of the Latin American News Agency, reports that Fidel Castro has offered to send over 1,500 doctors to assist the United States in the medical crisis resulting from the effects of Katrina on the Gulf Coast region:

“Calling them “generous defenders of health and of life, winners over pain and death itself,” President Fidel Castro met with the 1,586-strong medical mission that awaits for the US government´s go-ahead to fly to the hurricane-devastated region.”

I was very surprised to find this article as I was looking for something else. Mr. Castro made these remarks at a meeting at Havana´s Convention Center Sunday night where he addressed the doctors personally. He further said:

“Cuba, a short distance away from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, was in a position to offer assistance to the American people. At that moment, the billions of dollars the United States could receive from countries all over the world would not have saved a single life in New Orleans and other critical areas where people were in mortal danger. Cuba would be completely powerless to help the crew of a spaceship or a nuclear submarine in distress, but it could offer the victims of hurricane Katrina, facing imminent death, substantial and crucial assistance.”

He went on to say:

“Cuba has the moral authority to express its opinion on this matter and to make this offer. Today, it is the country with the highest number of doctors per capita in the world, and no other country cooperates with other nations in the field of healthcare as extensively as it does.” and:

“The “Henry Reeve” Brigade has been created, and whatever tasks you undertake in any part of the world or our own homeland, you shall always bear the glorious distinction of having responded to the call to assistance our brothers and sisters in the United States, and that nation’s humblest children especially, with courage and dignity.”

I was rather shocked by this article. There are statistics showing the doctors specialties. He also talk about the special back packs these doctors carry with everything needed to handle such disasters medically. Go read the article. It is very interesting.


~ by devildog6771 on September 5, 2005.

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