Mexican president thanks Cuba for sending medical professionals to fight pandemic

MEXICO City (Reuters) – Hundreds of Cuban health professionals will shortly arrive in Mexico’s cash, a senior Mexican wellness official stated on Friday, component of a greater approach endorsed by leftist President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to enable regional hospitals swamped by a COVID-19 surge.

FILE Photograph: Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador holds a news conference at the National Palace in Mexico Town, Mexico December 10, 2020. Mexico’s Presidency/Handout via REUTERS/File Picture

Communist-led Cuba has exported medical doctors as a central component of its diplomatic efforts because its 1959 revolution. Its medical doctors were in the front traces in the combat from cholera in Haiti and ebola in West Africa in the 2010s.

Cuba’s critics in the United States say the doctors do the job beneath exploitative ailments and are used to support the Communist government’s allies.

Luis Antonio Ramirez, the head of Mexico’s ISSSTE general public community of hospitals, instructed area broadcaster Imagen Tv late on Thursday that the inflow of Cuban health professionals will in the beginning alleviate shortages at a hospital in southeastern Mexico Metropolis.

“We’re expecting some 200 Cuban medical professionals to get there,” Ramirez reported shortly after he met with Lopez Obrador at the countrywide palace.

Ramirez claimed the professionals will assistance bolster treatment at ISSSTE’s Tlahuac medical center, which earlier this week experienced posted indications exterior its gates informing the public it was complete.

Earlier on Thursday, Lopez Obrador reported he expects all over 500 Cuban medical practitioners and nurses to arrive, noting that component of the team would be deployed to Mexican armed forces hospitals.

“We thank the Cuban government because they are aiding us,” he advised reporters at a regular authorities news convention. An additional contingent of Cuban medics helped Mexico earlier in the pandemic but returned house previous year.

He did not provide additional particulars.

The Americas is the area worst afflicted by the pandemic. Mexico is currently suffering a intense second wave of the virus.

The well being ministry’s tally demonstrates almost 1.5 million conditions to date, as very well as more than 130,000 deaths, the world’s fourth-maximum dying toll.

Reporting by David Alire Garcia Editing by Frank Jack Daniel and Paul Simao