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Mon, 18 Jan 2010 19:27 - Updated Mon, 18 Jan 2010 19:26

Cuba grants medical aid to Haitian earthquake victims


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Luanda - More than 60 Cuban health collaborators are granting medical aid to the people of Haiti, after suffering from an earthquake, informed this Monday in Luanda the ambassador of Cuba to Angola, Pedro Ross Leal.

According to the diplomat, who was speaking during a press conference, Cuban physicians started assisting soon after the earthquake of last January 12.

The ambassador stated that until January 14 a total of 1,987 patients received assistance and 11 surgeries were carried out in five regions of Port-au-Prince (capital of Haiti).

To reinforce the aid, he informed that over 400 Haitian youths trained in medicine in Cuba joined aid operations, with view to save lives.

Aimed at cooperating to assist the people of Haiti, the diplomat confirmed the published information on the authorisation by Cuba for US airplanes to use the Cuban airspace in the eastern territory.

In this view, he said that Cuba is ready to cooperate with all nationalities, in the Haitian territory, as the case of Venezuela, Namibia, Norway, China, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Russia, to assist the victims of the quake.