Cuba Creates International Disaster and Epidemic Brigade
Havana, Sep 20 (PL) The world now can count on a medical brigade willing to provide services anywhere there is an epidemic or catastrophe.
# Cuba to Further Improve Health Statistics, Fidel Castro Says
The Henry Reeve International Contingent of Disaster and Epidemic Physicians, a team of 1,586 physicians, was officially inducted by President Fidel Castro at the graduation ceremony for 1,903 new doctors from the islandÂ´s medical schools.
The genesis of this undertaking occurred on Sep 4, with the initial goal of offering humanitarian aid to the United States for victims of hurricane Katrina.
âWe form professionals to fight death,â? said the Cuban President, and the qualifications are certainly stringent, including knowledge of epidemiology and disease, two languages, physical fitness and willingness to relocate wherever necessary.
âIf wealthy nations ever decide to collaborate in the combat against the pandemics of poor countries, theyâll need professionals like those in the Henry Reeve brigade,â? declared Fidel Castro, citing Cubaâs first world infant mortality and life expectancy stats as evidence of the islandÂ´s medical success.
âWe are not bragging, simply explaining, in all fairness, how Cuba is the country that has done most to share with the world its medical experience and knowledge,â? he said.
âWe have never forsaken any nation that really needed our help in the case of a catastrophe, regardless of ideological or political differences,â? he stressed.