Cuba will send 70 more doctors to Italy

Cuba will send 70 more doctors to Italy

HAVANA, June 4  The Cuban government will send a group of 70 doctors to Italy, who will join the island’s health professionals in the Calabria region.An article in the Italian media Gazzetta del Sud confirmed the information through the statements of the region’s governor, Roberto Occhiuto.

According to Occhiuto, emergency specialists, gynecologists, orthopedists, radiologists, cardiologists and pediatricians will arrive in the European country.

Then, the politician shared details of the meeting with the head of the delegation of Cuban professionals who are currently working in the Italian region, thanks to which, he stated, “the patients are satisfied.”

On the Cuban side, the head of the island’s delegation commented that the doctors “are very happy, they work well and the population is beautiful,” according to the media mentioned above.

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There are 274 Cuban doctors working in the Calabria region, some of whom have been in that territory since the beginning of 2023. With the new group, that number will rise to 344.

The Cuban specialists provide service in 27 hospitals in the five Calabrian provinces: Catanzaro, Cosenza, Crotone, Reggio Calabria and Vibo Valentia thanks to a collaboration agreement signed in August 2022.

The news of the new incorporation of the Cuban doctors comes in the midst of one of the worst health crises on the island, marked by the shortage of medicines and supplies in hospitals and pharmacies, to which is added the emigration of professionals from this sector.

According to figures from the National Office of Statistics and Information (ONEI), 12,065 fewer doctors were working in Cuba in 2022 than the previous year.

ONEI statistics expanded that from 312,406 professionals who were active in 2021, the island increased to 281,098 in 2022. In the case of doctors with some specialty, it was reduced from 106,131 to 94,066 in that same time. .