Image copyrightAFP Image textsThe first group of Cuban doctors came back in Havana on Friday The Brazil Ministry of Health…
The Brazil Ministry of Health says it filled almost all vacancies left by thousands of Cuban doctors who returned to their home country.
Cuba drew the doctor from Brazil after what it called “contemptuous” remarks by President-elect Jair Bolsonaro.
The right-wing right leader had questioned the doctor’s qualifications.
He accused Cuban Communist Government of holding 75% of his salary and not allowing his families to join them.
The first group of Cuban doctors to leave was greeted in Havana by the country’s deputy health ministers on Friday.
The Ministry of Health said in a statement that it had managed to fill 92% of the vacancies with Brazilian doctors.
The statement said that more than 1
7,500 doctors had already been notified, while nearly 8,000 had been assigned specific areas.
But a large part of the Cuban doctors worked in poor rural areas in Brazil, where it was harder to recruit Brazilian doctors and it is not clear how many new recruits are prepared to go to these areas. 19659014] Why were so many Cuban doctors in Brazil?
Healthcare is Cuba’s most lucrative export. The “More Doctors” program works in 67 countries and makes the island $ 11 billion a year.
About 8,000 Cuban doctors have worked in Brazil’s remote areas within the framework of the program.
Cuba has said that they will all be called home by the end of December. But a Brazilian diplomatic source told AFP that 2000 is likely to remain because of personal ties.
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