Agroup of 220 Cuban health professionals arrived in Panama on Thursday, despite the rejection of the United States, to help the Central American country in its fight against a pandemic that has completely overwhelmed its health system.
This morning a total of 220 Cuban specialists arrived in our country, who come to strengthen the health system in this fight against covid-19, “the Ministry of Health of Panama reported on its Twitter account.
Our Heroes in White Robes arrived in Panama! Beautiful news for dawn! Pride to be Cubans, “tweeted the political office of the Cuban Embassy in Panama.
On December 15, the Panamanian government announced that it was going to hire doctors from Cuba, the United States, Mexico, Venezuela and Colombia to face the pandemic.
The president of Panama, Laurentino Cortizo, had announced in August the intention to hire Cuban doctors, but withdrew after receiving local criticism and the visit of senior US officials, opposed to the aid from Havana.
Governments that hire Cuban health professionals must guarantee their fair and humane treatment, in contrast to the Castro regime that traffics and exploits their bravery for their benefit, “said Acting Undersecretary of State for the Western Hemisphere, Michael Kozak, recently.
The contracts must be transparent and payments must go directly to the workers, “Kozak added, in a message released by the US Embassy in Panama.
But now the Panamanian government has changed its mind because it has not been able to hire enough professionals to face the pandemic , despite several calls to increase the number of doctors and nurses.
The practice of medicine and nursing is restricted in the country for Panamanian professionals.
With 4.2 million inhabitants, Panama has the highest number of infections due to the pandemic in all of Central America, with more than 220,000 accumulated cases and 3,664 deaths.
The country, which reopened its borders in mid-October and began to reactivate its economic activities, is experiencing its most critical moment.
According to official data on Monday, there are more than 36,000 isolated people and about 1,900 are hospitalized for covid-19, of which 182 are in intensive care units.
The situation has caused the saturation of hospitals , some of which can no longer receive more patients, and the exhaustion of health personnel, who are not enough to deal with the new situation.
In recent days, the Panamanian authorities set up tents on the outskirts of several hospitals to be able to care for the sick.