HAVANA.- In the favelas, the indigenous districts and the poorest places in Brazil where a doctor has never checked in, Cuban health collaborators are present who are integrating the More Doctors program into this enormous South American country.
The participation of the doctors from Cuba in this initiative introduced by President Dilma Rousseff to guarantee the health attention for 63 million people is key in Brazil, said Joaquín Molina the representative of the Panamerican and World organizations of Health (OMS/OPS in Spanish).
‘The Cuban doctors’ experience here is a success that the Brazilian people will be thankful for for the rest of their lives’, said Molina when commenting on the labor of the medical brigade of the island.
Heider Aurelio Pinto, the vice minister of Health said that the More Doctors program relies on more than 18,000 doctors in more than 4000 towns, 34 special indigenous districts and all of the Brazilian provinces, and the majority are Cubans, they make up for 11,400 of the total number of doctors.
According to Pinto, this project has allowed for the widening of the coverage of assistants in giving primary health attention to more than 63 million people.
Equally, the project represents the improvement of all the health indicators, the increase in the number of appointments, the widening of the practices of primary attention, above all the treatment given to children and pregnant women and the great satisfaction of the population.
The first 400 Cuban doctors arrived in the South American giant in August 2013, in October of that same year another 2000 doctors arrived and in November, 3000 more came, affirmed Doctor Cristina Luna –the person in charge of the Cuban mission of the program More Doctors.
The figure grew in January 2014 with the arrival of 2000 more health collaborators on Brazilian soil, and in March 4000 more Doctors arrived from the island.
The Cubans have had to overcome the language barriers and get to know a different health system, sometimes even traveling in boats during the early hours of the morning to tend to those most in need no matter wherever they may be.
The Brazilian patients were not accustomed either to a doctor visiting their house, tending to them in their own home, and taking time to almost be part of their family.
‘Ever since they got here they have been very punctual, they never miss an appointment and they always treat us in a friendly manner’, said various Brazilians in the same way that the patient Manuel Oliveira said he would like there to be more Cuban doctors in Brazil.
These Brazilian people are not mistaken because as Cuban Doctor Jacqueline Junco explained: ‘We have won over the population by being doctors which we are used to being, those who listen and examine, those who dedicate their time and look for causes to people’s health problems and try to solve them, the doctor that does not send them to see another specialist can solve the problem’.Share on FB Share on TT