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Chile’s Health Minister Alvaro Erazo appreciated the arrival this Wednesday of a group of doctors from Cuba to help on emergency situations in the aftermath of the earthquake that hit that nation last Saturday.
Among other materials and equipment, the brigade brought a field hospital that will be set up in Rancagua, some 56 miles to the south of Santiago de Chile, according to Erazo who explained that the hospital of that city can not cover all the cases reaching the medical institution, Prensa Latina reported.

Cuban ambassador to that country Ileana Diaz-Argüelles was also at the airport to receive the group of nearly 30 doctors, nurses and technicians, all specializing in emergencies. Upon welcoming them, the ambassador said Cuba has expressed its solidarity with Chile by sending the medical brigade.
We don’t have a lot of resources but rather few, but we are lucky to count on these professionals who are already assembling the hospital to start to work immediately,” Diaz-Arguelles said.
The group is made up of 11 doctors specialized on general medicine, intensive care, surgery, orthopedics, internal medicine and anesthesia; intensive care, OR and circulating nurses, technicians on X-Rays, pharmacy, electrical medicines and blood bank, PL said.

The doctors were sent off in Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport by Health Minister Jose Ramon Balaguer.

The brigade is part of the Henry Reeve International Contingent of Doctors Specialized on Disasters and Serious Epidemics. The health experts have previous experience on emergency situations in foreign countries. At present, a brigade of the Henry Reeve Contingent is providing medical services in Haiti.

In Chile, the devastating 8.8 earthquake on the Richter Scale caused more than 800 deaths, hundreds of injured, while the number of missing victims has not been specified yet.

 Source: ACN

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