Another 250 doctors arrive in Brazil
News from Cuba | Wednesday, 2 October 2013
Another 250 Cuban health professionals arrived in Brazil on 2 October to help support the country’s public health system through the Brazilian programme Más Médicos.
They are part of the second contingent of Cuban doctors who will serve deprived and vulnerable communities in rural areas of the country.
“We're here to support and offer our knowledge to the Brazilian people”, said Dr. Roxana Garcia on arrival at Brasilia airport.
"It will be a great experience for all work here and help the people of Brazil," Gallardo said to reporters.
A group of Brazilian citizens greeted the group on their arrival with shouts of "Cuban friends, Brazil is with you," to thank them for their decision to show solidarity in deprived areas of the South American country. ??
According to the Brazilian Ministry of Health another 135 Cuban doctors arrived in Vitoria, Espirito Santo, and 100 in Fortaleza, Ceara, on Wednesday too.
During the week other arrivals brought the total figures to 2,000. ?Like the first group of 400 Cuban doctors, who arrived in August, the primary care specialists will take a three week course in the Brazilian public health system and Portuguese before starting work. ?
The first group were based in the northern states of Acre, Pará , Amazonas and Tocantins, while others are located in neighborhoods on the outskirts of Sao Paulo and Rio Grande do Sul, in the south.
The Cubans will be joined in the programme by 532 physicians from 11 countries that also responded to the call by the Brazilian leader for “More Doctors” to ensure health care for all citizens of the country.
Launched in July last by President Dilma Rousseff, “More Doctors” will include 4,000 doctors from Cuba, following an agreement signed between the Ministry of Health of Brazil and the Pan American Health Organization.