This Saturday the last group of health collaborators who remained in Mexico working with patients with the SARS-CoV-2 virus for three months returned to Cuba.
Composed of 578 specialists, including 265 doctors, 285 nurses, seven graduates in hygiene and epidemiology and ten electromedical engineers, the entire brigade is already on the island, when the third group of members of the Henry Reeve contingent arrived.
Miladys Orraca Castillo, the leader of the group, pointed out that it was a very disciplined work team, and that of the several occasions they have completed a mission, this has been the return they have felt the most from the emotional point of view, a note from the Agencia Cubana de Noticias news agency specified.
Mexican Secretary of Foreign Relations Marcelo Ebrard expressed his gratitude on behalf of the Mexican government “to the Cuban doctors and nurses who came to save lives in our country.”
Agradezco a nombre de gobierno y pueblo de México el invaluable apoyo de médicos y enfermeras cubanos que vinieron a salvar vidas a nuestro país en estos meses difíciles de lucha contra Covid-19 Buen retorno!! Nuestra gratitud siempre con ustedes!! pic.twitter.com/iluRU5YhPw
— Marcelo Ebrard C. (@m_ebrard) July 25, 2020
The entire brigade was made up of 578 specialists, including 265 doctors, 285 nurses, seven graduates in hygiene and epidemiology, and ten electromedical engineers from of the country’s fifteen provinces.
During their stay, the Cuban specialists treated 54,000 people, including 43,000 new coronavirus positive cases, and saved 2,169 lives in the nine hospitals where they worked.
In addition to the work related to COVID-19, they provided other services and worked in the areas of emergencies, internal medicine, burn unit and epidemiology, among others.
During their stay in Mexico, they trained 249 workers in medical facilities.