Cuba shares what it has

Granma | Tuesday, 14 April 2020 | Click here for original article

The Cuban medical brigade’s arrival in Turin. Photo: Heidy Villuendas

The Cuban medical brigade’s arrival in Turin. Photo: Heidy Villuendas

Another Cuban medical brigade has arrived in Italy, this time in Turin, with 21 doctors, 16 nurses and a logistics coordinator, to save lives without asking anything in return, because solidarity has no price.

“We share medical care, life, with other peoples,” Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla tweeted yesterday, recognizing the admirable gesture of these professionals, committed to their own people, but without forgetting others, maintaining humanism as the foundation of their work.

Since their arrival in Turin, the brigade has received countless expressions of gratitude from residents in the region, in the north of the country.

An undeniable reality exposes the slanders of U.S. imperialism, attempting to discredit Cuba’s international medical collaboration. We have nine doctors for every thousand inhabitants, an almost exclusive luxury, and as if that were not enough, in the coming month of July 9,000 more will graduate. We have 84,000 nurses, and 34,000 students are studying nursing and health technology, to serve our population. This is a strength we share.

While the blockade is killing human beings, Cuba is saving lives. There are currently 20 Henry Reeve brigades (425 doctors, 722 nurses, 50 technicians), fighting for the lives of those with COVID-19 around the world.

Please sign our open letter asking for the US blockade to be lifted to help Cuba fight the coronavirus at home and abroad.

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