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ALBA Member Nations Contribute to Improve Quality of Health in Haiti

HAITI, March 30, 2010. The help given by Cuba and the rest of the countries making up the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA) materializes every day in the medical services provided to the Haitian people by Cuban specialists and other members of the Henry Reeve Internationalist Brigade, from the primary level to that of hospitals.

An example of this aid can be found in Arcahaie, a town of the western department of this capital, with a population of some 222,000 inhabitants, where –since February 5- the members of the Brigade opened one of the field hospitals.

Doctor Gladis Tapanes, a Comprehensive General Medicine specialist, heads the unit composed of 27 Bolivian physicians graduated from Havana’s Latin American Medical School (ELAM), six interns and eight students from Haiti now on the fifth years of their medical studies, and 41 Cuban voluntary workers.

Among services offered, Tapanes mentioned those of Comprehensive General Medicine consultations for children and adults, rehabilitation, orthopedics, surgery, gynecolocy and obstetrics, deliveries, and other emergency services, she pointed out, adding that they’re given round the clock, with an average of 500 patients a day. (Cubaminrex- ACN)



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