Cuba sends more doctors to help Chile's earthquake survivors

09:42, March 08, 2010      

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The Cuban government has sent nine more doctors and paramedics to Chile to help the earthquake victims and survivors there, the Cuban Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.

The Ministry said in a statement that the doctors will serve at the Cuban temporary hospital in Rancagua, south of the Chilean capital Santiago.

Cuba "immediately answered the aid request presented by the Chilean government, by offering a temporary hospital and a medical brigade," the statement noted.

It added that the 27 doctors the Cuban government had sent earlier and the nine reinforcement staff "are specially trained for emergency situations" and have "proved experience on similar situations."

The Ministry also said that the reinforcement team carried 12 tons of medical equipment and aid material with them.

Chile was struck by a magnitude-8.8 earthquake on Feb. 27.

This is the third time that Cuba has provided post-quake medical aid to Chile. It did the same when Chile was hit by major earthquakes in 1960 and 1971.

Source: Xinhua
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