Dili – Cuba's medical team is still providing attention today to the population of Timor Leste in the face of Covid-19, a disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus which has already caused a high number of deaths around the world.
In the midst of the pandemic, Cuba offers psychological support to the Timorese people, proof of which is the mental health service being provided at the Guido Valadares National Hospital.
There they hold training sessions for psychological support facilitators and work online to help, with advice from the Caribbean island's psychiatric specialist, Leydi Sandra Morell, reported the Cubacoopera site.
With Cuba's help in Timor Leste, the mother-child program was designed, as well as a program to fight cancer, nutrition, control of communicable and non-communicable diseases, medicines, and training and improvement of human resources.
Of the 32 specialties that Timorese hospitals have, Cuban doctors are present in almost all of them.
The Cuban doctors work in pathological maternity, angiology, nephrology, psychiatry, gastroenterology, legal medicine, oncology, otolaryngology and microbiology, among others, the source added.
In 2014, the World Health Organization nominated Timor-Leste's Cuban medical brigade for Thailand's Mahidol Prize, an award given annually by the Thai royal family.
In 2019, the promise of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Commander-in-Chief Fidel Castro, was fulfilled when Cuba finished training 1,000 doctors for the Asian island. (sus/abo/rgh/joe)