The members of the Cuban medical brigade that battled against COVID-19 in the Italian region of Lombardy are already with their families, in their provinces of origin.
After their return from Italy and after complying with two weeks of quarantine, the 52 health personnel of the brigade belonging to the Henry Reeve contingent, specialized in confronting epidemics and disaster situations, started returning home this weekend and were received in their territories by family, friends, colleagues, authorities and residents in general.
The celebration for their return coincided with Father’s Day, which took place in Cuba this Sunday, June 21, although without public celebrations due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Before leaving Havana, where they complied with the isolation established since June 8, the 36 doctors, 15 nurses and a logistics specialist from the brigade met this Saturday with Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel, Prime Minister Manuel Marrero and other authorities from the island, Prensa Latina news agency reported.
At the meeting, the president highlighted the work carried out by this brigade in Lombardy, specifically in the city of Crema, where they stayed for two months and attended to hundreds of patients, many of them serious, whose lives they contributed to saving.
For this reason, they deserved the recognition of the authorities and residents of that city in northern Italy, located in a region that upon their arrival was the epicenter of the pandemic and that on their departure had already left behind the most difficult times caused by the disease.
Another Cuban brigade remains in Italy, in the city of Turin, fighting against COVID-19. More than 3,000 Cuban health workers, distributed in over 20 brigades, have fought―and most of them continue to fight―against the pandemic in nations in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean.
They are joined by the more than 28,000 Cuban professionals in this sector who were already working in 50 countries around the world, many of whom have also had to face this global health emergency.