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The Cuban Government has handed over thirty fully equipped Multipurpose Field Hospitals to the Government of Pakistan.

A Memorandum of Understanding regarding to the handing over of Cuban Field Hospitals to Pakistan, was signed at Cuban Field Hospital, Nawensher, Abbottabad on Tuesday.

The MoU was signed by First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba, His Excellency Mr. Bruno Rodr�„uez Parrilla and Lt. General Syed Afzal Ahmad Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military) Surgeon General- DGMS (IS) Pakistan Army.

Those attending the ceremony also included Major General Abdul Qadir Usmani, Pakistan Army Medical Services and Cuban Charge d’E Affairs Mr. Ivan Mora with several Pakistan Army Officers, Pakistani Civil authorities, Cuban Medical Team Leadership and the Cuban Field Hospital’s personnel.

In regards to the Memorandum of Understanding:

The current Memorandum of Understanding establishes the foundations over which the process of handing over of the fully equipped 30 Cuban Field Hospitals with the most leading-edge technology on the international level will take place. (The location of the 30 hospitals and the equipment to be handed over is enclosed).

Some of the most relevant aspects agreed on this Memorandum are:

- The process should be gradual, based on the possibilities and capabilities of the Pakistani Party to assume the hospitals.

- The hospitals will remain on the areas where they are located, so that the current assistance provided to the communities could be ensured.

- Up to date, Cuba has provided, on a free basis, all medical assistance and medications and the Pakistani authorities are expected to assume the same approach, once the Cuban hospitals are handed over.

- The Cuban Party has expressed its willingness, to train the Pakistani staff assigned for the medical management of each of the hospitals.

- The Cuban Medical Mission will ensure one working month of medicines and disposal materials in each hospital for their functioning after the departure of the Cuban staff.

The first group of Cuban professionals arrived in Pakistan on October 14th 2005. The Cuban Medical Brigade was present in 45 locations, with 2558 personnel (Doctors, Paramedics, and Back up staff).

Cubans have been working for over five months and have reached outstanding results providing indispensable medical care in the hit areas due to last October 8th earthquake. More than 1 300 442 patients have been assisted (63 0592 women, 48.5%); and more than 12 406 surgical operations have been performed.

The Cuban Government has provided, up to this moment, 234.5 tons of medicines and disposable materials, and 275.7 tons of most leading-edge equipment. The Cuban Medical Mission has carried out its duties in different stages:

1. Advanced Stands on the field (General Comprehensive Medicine is introduced).

2. Deployment of the Comprehensive Cuban Field Hospitals (30 facilities were established on 24 days). On the week of November 14th to 19th, the Cuban Medical and Technical Staff carried out the feat of deploying 17 hospitals.

3. Insertion of Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine (classified as the fourth dimension, due to the actions that develops).

Following this health structure, it has been possible to perform actions of promotion, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation not only to the victims of the earthquake, but also among an important number of people who need medical assistance. The communities assisted were declared free of epidemic risks, and now count on a universal and systematic medical coverage.

More than 300 students of medicine have taken courses in the Cuban Field Hospitals. The Cuban Government has decided to offer a wide and free medicine scholarships program for 1,000 young Pakistanis from rural communities.•

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