Cuban Health Professionals Work in Mexico


In a remote and cold hospital of Ecatepec, a town located at 1,700 meters of altitude, in the Mexican state of Guerrero, a Cuban medical brigade works to reduce mother mortality rate.

In the area, where a high index of mother mortality is registered, the team of nine Cuban specialists works in prophylactic actions and in clinical consulting sessions.

They told Prensa Latina that at the moment, they maintain zero mortality in the cases that attend the hospital, since their arrival three months ago.

In that brief period of time they assisted 75 hospitalized women, of whom eight arrived in a serious state, as well attended 52 births.

Also, they are consulting daily about 30 patients in general medicine.

As they live in the hospital center, doctors are practically available round the clock if any emergency appears.

They also teach classes to the midwives of the community, who still carry out numerous childbirths in the mothers’ houses, which is a tradition here.

One of the difficulties they are facing is that most of their patients do not speak Spanish, but Tlapaneco, predominant language in the region.

Due to that circumstance, they require translators and have to learn words in that dialect.

This group is composed by three specialists in general medicine, one in gineco-obstetrics, one in surgery, one in paediatrics, one in anaesthesia, one in imagenology and one in clinical laboratory.

Four are women and five are men.

The hospital personnel is also formed by five Mexican doctors.

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