November 9, 2015
Cuban medical cooperation began as a result of the severe damages sustained in Honduras following Hurricane Mitch in 1998
Photo: Radio Habana Cuba
TEGUCIGALPA.—The Cuban medical brigade in Honduras has benefited more than 29 million Hondurans, mainly from rural areas, since arriving in the country in 1998 to help victims of Hurricane Mitch.
The head of the Cuban team, Orlando Álvarez, told La Prensa that the doctors provide quality services to those most in need.
Álvarez recalled that the Caribbean professionals arrived in Honduras 17 years ago to assist the victims of Hurricane Mitch. Subsequently, the governments of both countries signed an agreement to extend their stay and work in regions with little or no healthcare coverage.
Since then, the Cuban brigade has performed 775,926 surgeries, saved 250,800 lives, offered nursing services, laboratory tests and X-rays, and developed educational activities for preventive purposes.
The Cuban representative added that Cuba also cooperated with Honduras before 1998, when the country was hit by Hurricane Fifi in 1974.
In addition, 1,345 students from the Central American nation have been trained at the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana.