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Sun Mar 22, 2020, 08:15 AM

Cuban doctors head to Italy battle coronavirus

March 22, 2020 / 12:01 AM / Updated 8 hours ago
Cuban doctors head to Italy battle coronavirus
Nelson Acosta
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HAVANA (Reuters) - Communist-run Cuba said it dispatched a brigade of doctors and nurses to Italy for the first time this weekend to help in the fight against the novel coronavirus at the request of the worst-affected region Lombardy.

The Caribbean island has sent its “armies of white robes” to disaster sites around the world largely in poor countries since its 1959 revolution. Its doctors were in the front lines in the fight against cholera in Haiti and against ebola in West Africa in the 2010s.

Yet with the 52-strong brigade, this is the first time Cuba has sent an emergency contingent to Italy, one of the world’s richest countries, demonstrating the reach of its medical diplomacy.

This is the sixth medical brigade Cuba has sent in recent days to combat the spread of the new disease abroad. It has sent contingents to socialist allies Venezuela and Nicaragua as well as Jamaica, Suriname and Grenada.

“We are all afraid but we have a revolutionary duty to fulfill, so we take out fear and put it to one side,” Leonardo Fernandez, 68, an intensive care specialist, told Reuters late on Saturday shortly before his brigade’s departure.

“He who says he is not afraid is a superhero, but we are not superheros, we are revolutionary doctors.”

Fernandez said this would be his eighth international mission, including one in Liberia during the fight against ebola.



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Sun Mar 22, 2020, 08:20 AM

1. 140 Cuban Medical professionals arrived here yesterday

The Cuban medical professionals will be quarantined for 14 days and then deployed across hospitals islandwide. They were greeted by Christopher Tufton, minister of health and wellness and Inés Fors Fernández, the Cuban ambassador to Jamaica.

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Sun Mar 22, 2020, 08:23 AM

2. That is great news.

I'm pretty scared; have NO desire to be within a mile of anyone.

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