Saturday, December 29, 2007

Castro ofrece enviar medicos y enfermeras a las Filipinas

Mientras en Cuba los cubanos sufren el deterioro de servicios medicos, y sin bastarle a ese regimen los doctores que le quita al pueblo para enviar a Venezuela, Bolivia, Africa, en fi a todas partes del mundo, ahora se ofrecen a enviar los pocos que quedan en Cuba a las Filipinas. La trata de esclavos en su mayor potencia. Y los pobres medicos lo hacen en base a las pocas cosas que el regimen les permite llevarle a sus hambrientos familiares.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Cuba offers doctors, awaits RP reply

By Francis Earl A. Cueto, Reporter

Doctors in the Philippines are turning themselves into nurses to be able to work abroad immediately, with the United States seen as their preferred destination. Their departure is said to worsen the so-called brain drain in the Philippines.

Cuba can help Manila stop the apparent bleeding, Havana’s top diplomatic official in the Philippines told The Manila Times during an exclusive roundtable interview on Thursday.

Cuban Ambassador to Manila Jorge Rey Jimenez said his country is practically overflowing with doctors and other medical practitioners, whom Havana could deploy to the Philippines if the government of President Gloria Arroyo would welcome them. Manila, however, has not responded to Cuba’s offer to send them over.

“We have lots of doctors and medical practitioners. We have offered [them] to the Philippines, but your government has yet to make its move,” Jimenez said.

Some local health officials and even nongovernment organizations supposedly have intimated that Cuban doctors can work with them in several public-health programs and hospitals.

Jimenez said he understands the flight of Filipino doctors who want to work overseas as nurses. He added that the Philippine government might consider taking in Cuban doctors to replace those local doctors leaving the country. If Manila does, Jimenez said, the deal need not be strictly medical.

The ambassador disclosed that 17,000 Cuban doctors and dentists, for example, provide medical and dental services in Venezuela. Caracas, in exchange, supplies Cuba with 100,000 barrels a day of subsidized oil.

The foreign doctors are said to have helped bring down maternal and child deaths in oil-rich Venezuela to only a fifth of their former level.

A fact sheet given by the Cuban Embassy in Manila to The Manila Times showed that doctor to population ratio in Cuba is one for every 158. In the Philippines, the ratio is one for every 10,000 to 26,000 Filipinos. In the United States, it is said to be one for every 150.

From 2000 to 2003, the Philippines lost 51,850 nurses. Over 5,000 registered doctors left from 2001 to 2004. At least 6,000 doctors are studying to be nurses.

Over 50,000 caregivers have been trained at the government’s Technical Skills and Development Authority and accredited schools, with half of them already deployed abroad.

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