Raul Castro praises Cuban doctors who fought Ebola

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The Second Secretary of the Cuban Communist Party, Jose Machado, greets Dr. Felix Baez, who was infected with Ebola during the mission. | Photo: Ismael Francisco / Cubadebate

President of Cuba, Raul Castro, sent a letter to the delegation of Cuban doctors who served in West Africa to fight Ebola Friday.

“On behalf of the Cuban people and on my own behalf, I convey an appreciation for the heroic work done as part of the International Contingent’Henry Reeve'” the president said in the letter published in Cubadebate.

Castro said that the Cuban medicine is present in more than 60 countries, which “summarizes the values ​​it has cultivated the Revolution” Cubana.Read the full text of the Cuban president:
Havana, July 8, 2015
“Year 57 of the Revolution”

Dear companions:

After having done the honorable mission that led to West Africa six months ago, even at the risk of their own lives, to combat the outbreak of Ebola that whipped to the continent, they returned to the country that welcomed them with the greatest pride.You are followers of altruism and selflessness that has characterized medical cooperation of the island, since it began in 1963 with the shipment of the first brigade to Algeria under the leadership of then health minister, José Ramón Machado Ventura. During all these years, 158 countries have been able to count on the solidarity of 325 000 710 Cuban collaborators.

Today our medicine is present in 68 countries with more than 50 000 health professionals, actually synthesizing the genuine values ​​that has cultivated the Revolution. The assistance provided by each of the partners Army white robes stands as an enduring paradigm.Are significant results that you achieved in health care to those affected by the Ebola epidemic, with more than 400 lives saved and overall case fatality rate of 24.4%, which is achieved sample preparation, the consecration and dedication to work, aspects that have been recognized by governments and international agencies.Receive again our congratulations and a big hug,

Raul Castro Ruz

In Context
On March 23, 256 Cuban doctors returned from West Africa after six months of service to counter the epidemic of Ebola.

The virus outbreak was declared in December 2013.They have since died from the virus a total of 11 thousand 207 people in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, where there have been 43 percent of total deaths.

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