09/21/13 - Prensa Latina (Habana) - Argentine Doctors from Cuban Medical Schools in Patagonia
By Martin Hacthoun
,Buenos Aires, Sep 20 (Prensa Latina) Led by Cuban doctor Aleida Guevara,
daughter of the legendary revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara, four brigades
of Argentines who graduated from Cuban medical schools arrived today in Gan
Gan, Patagonia, to carry out a clinical and ophthalmological survey.
"We will go door to door in an (indigenous) Mapuche community of the Gan
Gan plateau in the southern province of Chubut to detect cases of
hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, cataracts and other ophthalmologic
pathologies," Guevara told Prensa Latina before leaving Buenos Aires.
This was the first brigade of graduates to carry out this solidarity work
in that rural community of the municipality of Telsen, 1,622 km from Buenos
Aires and 394 km from the provincial capital of Rawson. The nearest major
city is Trelew, 359 km away.
Under the slogan "Sowing Solidarity," the campaign also has the objective
of detecting illiteracy rates, said Claudia Camba, president of the
organization A Better World is Possible (UMMEP), the main coordinator of
this humanitarian campaign.
Along with the young Argentine doctors, the brigade also has graduates from
Havana's International School of Physical Health and Sports, who will bring
cultural and sports activities to the residents of this indigenous
community, especially on Sunday.
Cuban educators are also participating in the Yo si Puedo (Yes, I Can!)
literacy program in Argentina, which has taught over 2,000 Argentines how
to read and write. These educators will set up classrooms in Gan Gan to
teach in this community.
Over 3,500 Argentines have had their eyesight restored through the
Operation Vision Now program, said Camba, who added that 377 Argentine
young people from different parts of the country graduated from the Latin
American School of Medicine (ELAM) this year in Cuba.
The A Better World is Possible event runs from Sept. 20 to 23, and has a
busy agenda, Camba said.
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