Cuban volunteers return from Haiti

Cuban Health Minister Roberto Morales Ojeda
 presents Dr. Lázaro Gustavo Roque with a
special certificate of recognition for the
Brigade’s campaign against the cholera epidemic.
After four months of commendable work alleviating cholera in Haiti, 130 Cubans from the Henry Reeve International Contingent of Doctors Specialized in Disaster Situations & Serious Epidemics have returned home, proud of having lowered the death rate from the dangerous disease to 0.38%.

On welcoming the 52 physicians who arrived at José Martí International Airport, Public Health Minister Roberto Morales Ojeda commended the professionalism of these doctors and presented them with certificates of recognition for their unconditional aid to the Caribbean nation.

The other members of the Brigade had already been honored in Santiago de Cuba, where Lázaro Expósito, first secretary of the Communist Party in the province, placed similar certificates in their hands.

Dr. Lázaro Gustavo Roque, highlighted the sound intention of Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro when he perceived that mobilizing the Medical Brigade’s human resources and graduates from the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) would make it possible to mitigate the epidemic.

He also emphasized the contribution of the Proactive Monitoring Groups in Haiti’s sub-communes, where they identified and treated more than 5,000 cholera patients.