Cuba, 58 years saving lives all along the world

By: MsC. María Inés Álvarez Garay (*)

Since the triumph of their revolution, the Cuban people have maintained solidarity with numerous nations on the five continents, a legacy of the humanist thought of the National Hero, José Martí, the Heroic Guerrilla Ernesto Guevara, and the historical leader Fidel Castro.

International Cuban medical aid officially began its actions on May 23rd, 1963, when the first brigade was sent to Algeria.

Despite the adversities and the imperial war against the health professionals of the Caribbean nation, medical cooperation is maintained and developed, supported by a system of institutions, norms, principles and values. It is born from the citizen consensus and is consolidated from the synergy between the principles of foreign policy, international collaboration, and the national health system.

In the 58 years of this humanitarian work, the medical personnel of the largest of the Antilles has treated 1,988 million people in the world, almost a third of humanity, official data from the Central Medical Cooperation Unit  (UCCM).

He also assured that the island’s doctors have performed more than 14 million 500 thousand surgical operations, 4 million 470 thousand deliveries, and have saved 8 million 700 thousand lives, results that raise the prestige of Cuban medicine throughout the world.

This means that despite the so-called fake news used by the hawks in the United States to prevent their medical cooperation, Cuba has continued to gain prestige, because governments and peoples know that the highest aspiration of our professionals is to save lives.

There are countless examples of this on this continent, which is about to celebrate Africa Day on May 25th.

A recent one was carried out by a member of the Cuban Medical Brigade (BMC) in the Gambia, and Dr. Roiland Niebla Chávez, specialist in Maxillofacial Surgery, and who works in the Kanifing hospital, located in the combo of this small West African country, when he received a 5-year-old patient with a past medical history.

Her mother explains that the infant began to present an increase in volume in the neck region bilaterally, progressively increasing in size,3 years ago, which makes swallowing difficult, so she decided to take her to the hospital The patient underwent complementary studies, laboratory tests and baaf.

She is diagnosed with a cystic lesion and surgical treatment is announced.

The operation was a success, and today the recovered girl thanks Cuban medicine and the young doctor for restoring her health.

We are proud to be Cubans, and on this 58th anniversary, we ratify our commitment to our homeland and to humanity to continue helping all the people in need in the world, and especially Africans, to whom we are united by strong blood, cultural, and historical ties, friendship and eternal solidarity.

(*) Professor and collaborator of the Cuban Medical Brigade in Gambia