Cuban government to send medical teams to Nepal

Forty eight-member medical team to depart from Cuba to dress wounds of devastating earthquake in Nepal

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Cuba has decided to send medical teams to Nepal after the massive earthquake hit the country and killed more than 7,600 people, according to the Health Ministry officials.

Forty eight-member medical team including 22 doctors will depart from the country with a surgical unit, sterilization equipment, an intensive care unit and diagnostic equipment including X-ray and ultrasound machines, the official website Cubadebate said.

Cuban government is used to sending medical teams to aidless countries which suffer from disasters. Last year, 256 doctors and nurses have been sent by the government to three West African countries in the Ebola outbreak.

The island also resorts to exchange its medical workers for cash and goods in  long-term missions. Venezuela sends about 115,000 barrels of oil per day as a repayment for 30,000 Cuban medical professionals.

Approximately 50,000 health workers are assigned by the Cuban government in more than 60 countries.

Officials report that death toll of the devastating earthquake climbed 7,675 as the number of the wounded passed over the 16,300. Eight million Nepalis were affected by the earthquake and one million children urgently are in need of help.

TRTWorld and agencies