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44 millions of low income Brazilians to lack medical care in 2019

About 44 million low-income Brazilians will be without medical care after 2019, in more than two thousand municipalities in the interior of the country.

A statement of the International Network of Intellectuals, Artists and Social Movements in Defense of Humanity-Capitulo Brasil, denounces that the government of President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, who proclaims himself without ideological bias, "will lose nine thousand Cuban doctors for ideological reasons and, also, for ignorance. '

The note refers to the non-participation of Cuba in the Mais Medicos program in Brazil due to the unacceptable conditions for Havana that Bolsonaro tried to impose on the island's professionals once he assumes power on January 1.

The international collective asks: How to explain a humanitarian project to the destitute of humanity? How to explain a social project to those who revolve around capital?

Before the health tragedy that is coming, Bolsonaro will answer "for not knowing the history of the medical missions of Cuba around the world," the network points out.

He explains that 'the first humanitarian Cuban medical mission was in 1963, in Algeria. Cuba, in the name of the defense of humanity, undertook to take care of the poor populations of the planet. Internationalist solidarity was born. '

Cuban humanitarian missions spread across the four continents, with their own unique characteristics, based on an understanding of the needs of each people, according to the message.

He gave as an example that on May 31, 1970, Peru was hit by an earthquake in the 7.9 scale on the Richter scale, leaving more than 80,000 dead and thousands of families homeless.

More than 100 thousand Cuban citizens donated blood and, without having diplomatic relations, dozens of Cuban doctors left with the necessary equipment to install five hospitals. They arrived at Áncash, Recuay, Huaraz, Carhuaz and other affected towns.

Cuba was the first country to send aid to Peruvians. Two years later, on July 8, 1972, the government of Juan Velasco Alvarado restored diplomatic ties with the island, the text recalls.

During the decades that followed, the document adds, Cuba sent free medical brigades to various countries affected by natural catastrophes.

Brazil, a continental country, the eighth largest economy in the world appears in the world ranking of health in place 125. Formed by federal and state universities, Brazilian doctors, refuse to pay attention outside the large urban centers, details the network.

In this state of misery, he remarks, "Brazil needed a health project that, if it did not cover more than 200 million Brazilians, at least diminish this difference."

With this purpose, the Más Médicos Program was created after a broad public debate with society and in the National Congress.

Cuban doctors worked in places of extreme poverty, with a high risk of life, says the humanitarian group.

'To end a program of 55 years of experience, of competence, of solidarity is at least a total lack of humanity. To leave the population without this vital assistance is to condemn it to premature death, 'warns the international organization.

Finally points out that 'the Brazilian people, with legitimacy and sovereignty, elected a new ruler. But he did not give support so that he (Bolsonaro), in this moment of pain and suffering, modified the terms of the Más Médicos Program, breaking an agreement signed by the Pan American Health Organization and Cuba and, above all, condemning millions of Brazilians to the lack of assistance, carelessness and death. '

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