Almost 70 percent of these health professionals are currently in Venezuela inserted in the Barrio Adentro and Operation Milagro programs offering their services in family doctors’ offices, community integral health areas and specialized centers, said Aris Fortain, head of the Cooperation Department of the Provincial Health Office.
Brazil and Angola, she stressed, are other nations with a major presence of health professions from the province of Sancti Spiritus mainly nurses, dentists, and physical therapists among others.
She added that some 400 specialists in General Medicine are linked to the Cuban initiative called More Doctors working in Brazilian communities located in the outskirts of the large cities and remote areas.
The health professionals also train young doctors in those countries, mainly those that have graduated in Cuba.
In recent years, Cuban medical cooperation has also included help in natural disasters like the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 and the fight against Ebola in western Africa between 2014 and 2015 with the Henry Reeve Specialized Medical Brigade.
According to statistics published in Granma daily, over 50 thousand Cuban health professionals are working in 67 countries as part of the solidarity tradition promoted by the Revolution since January of 1959.
Although the Biotechnology Center in Camaguey mainly dedicates its work to the development of animal biotechnology, conceived by the leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro who attended in its inauguration in 1989 in addition to leading a research for the vaccine against prostate cancer still in clinical trials.
The center’s group also works in the integration of its quality systems increasing its recognition and prestige among the international community.