Photo: Roberto Ruiz / Granma

38 health professionals sent by the Cuban government to Haiti following the devastating hurricane Matthew that made landfall in Southern Haiti last October 4th, have finally returned to their homeland 

The dedicated Cuban medical professionals were received at Jose Marti International Airport in Havana by managers and officials of the Ministry of Public Health, the National Union of Workers of Health, as well as members of the board of directors of the Central Medical Cooperation Unit. 

Doctors, epidemiologists, graduates in Nursing, Hygienists and Epidemiologists, and vector technicians They returned from Haiti, a country where they have been more than once. When 1998 marked the beginning of a long journey in the field of collaboration in health between the two countries. They return with a sense of mission accomplished, the gratitude of the Haitian people and the admiration of the Cuban people. They return with the stories and experiences of a land they say, they have stuck inside. 

During their two months of work, they stopped a possible cholera epidemic from taking foot in southern Haiti. They have worked hard, in difficult conditions and have done well. 

The data speaks for itself. After two months, the brigade achieved a total of 104.934 patients seen, in which acute respiratory infections predominated with 6.065 cases, intestinal parasitism with 5.544 cases and malnutrition with 3.122 cases, among other pathologies. 

They visited 14.440 houses, in the stems adulticide treatment was carried out against mosquito, 54.349 water deposits were treated with chlorine, chemoprophylaxis was provided to 68.231 patients, and 640 controls of foci were carried out. 

"The work was exhausting, although there are great results, we stopped the epidemic of cholera that was unleashing there. But the love we left there for Cuba was even more important, "said Dr. Alexis Diaz, brigade chief of the international contingent Henry Reeve in Haiti. 

Dr Alexis said that he was particularly struck by how Haitians in even the most remote and poorest places of Haiti, had heard of the death of Fidel Castro in the Radio, and many expressed their condolonces to the cuban medical team, and had told them that it was not necessary for them to work on that day.

"And the proof is that they too mourned Fidel with us, and even more, they told the children not to bother us that day because we had lost our father. That shows that there is love for Cuba and for Fidel in Haiti"