08/25/13 - Prensa Latina - Brazilians Welcome Cuban Doctors
25 de agosto de 2013, 11:56Brasilia, Aug 25 (Prensa Latina) Hundreds of
Brazilians welcomed 206 Cuban physicians who, along with local doctors,
will work as a gesture of solidarity in rural and faraway areas of country.
The group of Cuban experts arrived in Brasilia on Saturday night on a
Cubana de Aviacion flight, and were warmly welcomed by members of social
movements, political parties and unions, who expressed gratitude for their
presence here to help improve people's health.
This is a humanitarian, enviable action of cooperation with other peoples,
like Brazil, which needs doctors to bring health services to the most
remote areas of this territory, Brazilian citizen Nara Velosa told Prensa
Members of the Workers' Party (PT), the Confederation of Workers (CUT), the
Union of Socialist Youth (UJS), the Landless Workers' Movement (MTS), group
of friendship with Cuba and other organizations welcomed the physicians.
They are part of a contingent of doctors from Cuban and other countries who
responded to the "Mais Medicos" (More Doctors) program, boosted by the
government to work on the outskirts of large cities and rural areas.
Cuba's participation was achieved after a cooperation agreement was signed
between the Cuban Ministry of Public Health and the Pan-American Health
Organization (PAHO) to provide medical services in primary health care
institutions in Brazil, based on the principles of South-South cooperation.
According to the agreement, about 4,000 Cuban medical professionals will
arrive in Brazil by late 2013.
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