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Mika Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-28-05 12:42 PM
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24. Cuba offered 36 tons of disaster specific medicines within days
This medical force.. includes:

---1,097 specialists in Comprehensive General Medicine, 600 of whom are pursuing Masters degrees in Medical Sciences;

---351 general practitioners and intensive care specialists;

---72 healthcare professionals with two medical specialties, and

---66 specialists in cardiology, pediatrics, gastroenterology, surgery, psychiatry, epidemiology and other specialties.

Of this medical force: 699 doctors have served in one or more international missions in 43 different countries, and some have even served in three missions, and 727 were ready and about to leave Cuba to serve in missions in Latin America, Africa and Asia; they joined this force in view of the dramatic situation unfolding in the southern United States, while other similar professionals will meet our internationalist commitment in other countries.


The EFE agency reports that in the Houston s stadium, in Texas , presently sheltering more than 15 thousand people evacuated from New Orleans , hardly three thousand have received medical care. Highly infectious diseases have been reported there while outbreaks of diarrhoea and vomiting threaten to quickly spread due to overcrowding.

Yesterdays edition of the Washington Post reports that, at the moment, Mississippis chief needs are fuel and medical assistance.


The newspaper published declarations from Dr. Marshall Bouldin, Director for Diabetes and Metabolism at the Universitys Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi, who assistance: Were seeing things that we havent seen in many years: cholera, typhoid fever, tetanus, malaria. We hadnt seen such conditions in 50 years. People are crammed together and wander around surrounded by excrement.

There is an endless list of health problems reported by virtually all the press and the specialized health care institutions.

Our doctors backpacks contain precisely those resources needed to address in the field problems relating to dehydration, high blood pressure, diabetes Mellitus and infections in all parts of the body -lungs, bones, skin, ears, urinary tract, reproductive system- as they arise. They also carry medicine to suppress vomiting; painkillers and drugs to lower fever; medication for the immediate treatment of heart conditions, for allergies of any kind; for treating bronchial asthma and other similar complications, about forty products of proven efficiency in emergencies such as this one.

These professionals carry two backpacks containing these products; each backpack weighs 12 kilograms. Actually, this was determined when all of the backpacks were procured, since although they are quite large, only half of the supplies would fit in; it was then necessary to give each doctor two backpacks, and the small briefcase which carries diagnostic kits. These doctors have much clinical experience, this is one of their most outstanding characteristic, as they are used to offering their services in places where there isnt even one X-ray machine, ultrasound equipment or instruments for analyzing fecal samples, blood, etc. With the increase in the number of doctors, the medications weigh a total of 36 tons.
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