After three months serving in health institutions in Andorra, the group of health professionals that Cuba sent to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in that principality is already in Cuba.
Upon arrival at José Martí International Airport, the doctors received a message from Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel, who highlighted the example given by the medical brigade “with their altruism, dedication and solidarity,” reported the Agencia Cubana de Noticias news agency.
“It is one of the best ways to end the effort to discredit the work of Cuban doctors,” said the president in a telematics speech.
Ese resultado y sobre todo el ejemplo que ustedes han dado es una de las mejores maneras con las cuales estamos aplastando las perversas intenciones del imperio de desacreditar la labor solidaria y ejemplar de las brigadas médicas cubanas #CubaSalvaVidas #SomosCuba pic.twitter.com/PCGNoZCGQT
— Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez (@DiazCanelB) July 2, 2020
According to the Andorran minister of health, the work of the Cubans helped improve epidemiological indicators in that country, where no new cases of COVID-19 patients are currently being reported.
Now doctors and nurses must complete a period of quarantine at La Pradera International Health Center, before heading to their respective provinces.
Díaz-Canel assured the medical collaborators that after the obligatory isolation, he will have a meeting with them to have an exchange on their experiences and to count on their support to continue perfecting the national program to confront the pandemic.
The collaborators belong to 12 provinces, most of them are between 40 and 49 years old and 92.3 percent of the brigade has more than a decade of work experience.
According to the source, 53.9 percent of the professionals had previous international experience, mainly in Venezuela, Ecuador, Haiti, Mozambique and Sierra Leone.
In the farewell to the group of Cuban doctors and nurses belonging to the Henry Reeve International Contingent, Andorran Minister of Health Joan Martínez praised the work of these professionals.
Martínez said that it had been “a luxury” to have the island’s 39 health professionals since the end of March, when the principality was already badly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Part of the brigade had returned to the island at the end of May, according to the Diario de Andorra, which specified that three collaborators from the island had already left on May 15.
Two other members left the Cuban delegation days ago and it is not ruled out that they have crossed the border into Spain.
They are a doctor and a nurse who, according to government sources cited by the Agència de Notícies Andorrana (ANA), “have not returned to the hotel” where they were staying in Escaldes-Engordany.
Upon arrival in Andorra, one of the Cuban doctors was positive for SARS-CoV-2, so the brigade was quarantined. However, two evolutionary tests came out negative, and the Cuban collaborators were able to join the work without further setbacks.