Members of the Cuban medical contingent Henry Riva in Turkey. Author: Twitter
This Saturday, the Turkish press covered the work carried out by the Henri Riva Cuban Medical Brigade stationed in the province of Kahramanmaras, the epicenter of two recent earthquakes that killed more than 44,200 people.
“Being thousands of kilometers from the epicenter of earthquakes was by no means an obstacle to the provision of voluntary medical assistance to those affected by a natural disaster,” the Anadolu agency said in a statement.
A team of 32 Cuban doctors have been working since their arrival in the province of Kahramanmaras on the 12th, six days after the devastating earthquakes hit southern Turkey.
According to the press agency, Dr. Juan Carlos Dupuis Nunez, who heads the team, said the team consists of 28 doctors and nurses of various specialties who work in three cities in the province.
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We started caring for patients in the intensive care unit on the first day of our arrival. He explained that all these people were directly or indirectly affected by earthquakes.
Nunes said the team treated victims, mostly with orthopedic complications, and children with respiratory problems.
We have visited people over 100 years of age with diabetes mellitus whose health has deteriorated after the telluric movements. We managed to stabilize them and save their lives,” the doctor said.
He added that Cuban and Turkish orthopedists jointly operated and cared for trauma patients.
The Cuban Medical Brigade has treated more than 2,500 people, and the count is ongoing, Anadolu said.
For his part, intensive care physician Jorge Rodriguez Salas confirmed that there is no nationality in patient care.
We work together. I would like to explain this situation with the phrase of our national poet José Marti: “Homeland is humanity,” he said.
Source: Juventud Rebelde