Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel today criticized the "reactionary" position of Brazil's president-elect, Jair Bolsonaro, and revealed that 836 of the more than 8,000 Cuban doctors retired from the "More Doctors" collaboration program have not returned to the island. " in that country.
Diaz-Canel said that when last November 14 his government decided not to continue participating in the program "More Doctors" were in Brazil "8,471 collaborators, of them culminated their mission 7,635 that represent more than 90 percent of the total", and referred that "so far have not returned 836" doctors.
In his speech at the central ceremony for the end of the participation of the Cuban brigade in "More Doctors" of Brazil, Diaz-Canel said that among the doctors who served in Brazil, some formed families with Brazilian citizens and honorably fulfilled their mission and its commitment "to the public health of the Caribbean country.
The Cuban president stressed that the work of the island's doctors in places of extreme poverty, in favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Salvador de Bahia and in the 34 special indigenous districts especially in the Amazon was widely recognized by the governments federal, state and municipal governments, as well as the Brazilian population.
She also highlighted that the five years of work in the program created by the Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff, about 20,000 Cuban employees attended more than 113.350 million patients in more than 3,600 municipalities and that Cubans constituted 80 percent of all doctors participants.
Díaz -Canel said that the "reactionary position" of the president-elect of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, "has made a part of his population vulnerable, risking the most precious thing that every human being has, his health and his life."
Cuba ordered the withdrawal of its doctors from Brazil on November 14 following statements by the country's president-elect, ultra-rightist Jair Bolsonaro, who described the island's professionals as "slaves" of a "dictatorship" and also he questioned his preparation.
A statement from the Ministry of Public Health of Cuba then explained that decision to the "threatening and derogatory" statements of Bolsonaro, which proposed "unacceptable" modifications to the program and outside the covenants of the collaborators, established through the Pan American Health (PAHO).
Bolsonaro, who will take office on January 1, is a harsh critic of the Cuban government and of the agreements signed by the governments of the Workers' Party (PT), which in his opinion favored and financed a "communist dictatorship."