When Chile Called, Cuba Answered

Posted on March 4, 2010


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Chile’s Health Minister Thanks Cuban Doctors Upon Their Arrival

HAVANA, Cuba, March 3 (AIN) Chile’s Health Minister Alvaro Erazo
appreciated the arrival this Wednesday of a group of doctors from Cuba to
help on emergency situations in the aftermath of the earthquake that hit
that nation last Saturday.
    Among other materials and equipment, the brigade brought a field
hospital that will be set up in Rancagua, some 56 miles to the south of
Santiago de Chile, according to Erazo who explained that the hospital of
that city can not cover all the cases reaching the medical institution,
Prensa Latina reported.
    Cuban ambassador to that country Ileana Diaz-Argüelles was also at the
airport to receive the group of nearly 30 doctors, nurses and technicians,
all specializing in emergencies. Upon welcoming them, the ambassador said
Cuba has expressed its solidarity with Chile by sending the medical brigade.
    We don’t have a lot of resources but rather few, but we are lucky to
count on these professionals who are already assembling the hospital to
start to work immediately,” Diaz-Arguelles said.
    The group is made up of 11 doctors specialized on general medicine,
intensive care, surgery, orthopedics, internal medicine and anesthesia;
intensive care, OR and circulating nurses, technicians on X-Rays,
pharmacy, electrical medicines and blood bank, PL said.
    The doctors were sent off in Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport
by Health Minister Jose Ramon Balaguer.
    The brigade is part of the Henry Reeve International Contingent of
Doctors Specialized on Disasters and Serious Epidemics. The health experts
have previous experience on emergency situations in foreign countries. At
present, a brigade of the Henry Reeve Contingent is providing medical
services in Haiti.
    In Chile, the devastating 8.8 earthquake on the Richter Scale caused
more than 800 deaths, hundreds of injured, while the number of missing
victims has not been specified yet. 


Destacan llegada de brigada médica cubana a Chile

Cuban News Agency

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Field Hospital Donated by Cuba Received in Chile 

HAVANA, Cuba, Mar 3 (acn) Cuban ambassador Ileana Díaz-Arguelles received on Wednesday night
in Chile the field hospital with surgical capacity donated by Cuba, which will be sited in
Rancagua, 90 kilometers south of Santiago, and will be in charge of a Cuban medical brigade
specialized in emergency situations, composed of 27 people.
   The brigade is made up by 11 doctors in comprehensive general medicine, intensive care,
surgery, orthopedics, internal medicine and anaesthesia, as well as intensive and OR nurses,
and technicians in X-Rays, pharmacy, electro-medicine and blood banks.
   The Brigade is part of the Cuban Henry Reeve International Contingent of Doctors
Specialized in Disaster Situations and Serious Epidemics, according to a report published on
Wednesday by the Cubadebate web site.
  While giving a summary of the international aid received so far after the earthquake of 8.8
on the Richter scale that hit Chile on Saturday, Foreign Minister Mariano Fernandez mentioned
that “Cuba sent a field hospital with surgical capacity, which is the most important aspect
emphasized by the Health Ministry.”
   After expressing his gratitude for the help received from governments of various parts of
the world and particularly from Latin America, the FM specified that Bolivia has sent an
aircraft with 40 tons of drinking water and announced that another two are on their way.
   Peru sent a field hospital with 25 doctors, which was destined to the southern city of
Concepcion, while Argentina has sent three field hospitals and Uruguay two plants to make
water drinkable.     


Reciben en Chile hospital cubano de campaña

Cuban News Agency