Cuba and ALBA Bloc Increase Assistance to Haiti

Twenty-six days after a devastating earthquake hit Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, leaving some 212,000 dead people, according to official figures, Cuba and the countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA) regional integration and cooperation bloc continue increasing their humanitarian assistance to the Haitian people.

A report from the coordination board of the Medical Brigade there notes that, as of last Friday, a total of 1,200 health specialists –including Cubans, young Haitians, Americans and Nicaraguans – are already working in Haiti, including 706 in Port-au-Prince.

A total of 402 Haitians health specialists - 219 graduates, 67 interns and 116 fifth-year students from Cuba’s Latin American School of Medicine (LASM) – are working with the Cuban medical brigade.

It was also announced that more 65,031 patients have been attended to and that a cargo of 2,5 tons that includes an ambulance module and equipment for rehabilitation facilities and Comprehensive Diagnosis Centers arrived in Port-au-Prince.

These actions are part of a comprehensive plan by ALBA to assist the people of Haiti.

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