Fidel Castro meets Cuban medical team back from Bolivia

16:35, August 19, 2010      

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Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro speaks at the Jose Marti airport in Havana, as he welcomes a Cuban medical team returning from its humanitarian mission in Bolivia, Aug. 17, 2010. (Xinhua Photo)


Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro met Tuesday at the Havana airport a medical team returning from its humanitarian mission in Bolivia, official media reported.

Castro praised the doctors' "tireless work," saying their most important legacy was setting an example for young doctors worldwide.

The group comprised 213 doctors, who are specialists in areas such as defectology and clinical genetics.

They visited around 1.53 million houses in Bolivia's nine provinces and communicated with more than 5 million people, 82,087 of them with physical disabilities.

"Our strength, which has brought happiness to some 800,000 people in Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador and Nicaragua, is just a wisp of what can be done for the people in this hemisphere and around the world without charging them a single cent," Castro said.

"The people you served, carried a wide a range of suffering and you gave them back happiness by doing them good, something that all the money in the world can't buy," he said.

Castro also gave his book "Strategic Victory" to each member of the contingent.

The doctors will enjoy a two-week holiday before traveling to Ecuador to support another medical team there.

Castro handed over power to his brother, Raul, four years ago due to an emergency intestinal surgery. He returned to public life on July 7 and said he felt "completely recovered."


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