The Cuban hospital in Qatar has served as one of the designated health facilities to treat patients since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak last year.
Cuban doctors sent to Qatar in 2020 on a mission to help battle the coronavirus pandemic have packed their bags and returned home more than a year since joining Qatar’s frontline workers.
“The Henry Reeve Brigade returns to Cuba after helping to face COVID19 in Qatar. It goes home with outstanding outcomes, in addition to those achieved so far by the well-known Cuban Hospital in Dukhan,” said the Cuban embassy in Qatar.
The coronavirus outbreak created a global state of panic, with doctors trying to provide treatment to a disease that was newly-discovered at the time. While effective vaccines have now been rolled out worldwide, researchers are still trying to understand the origins of the virus until this day.
Cuba immediately sent some of its medical professionals to some 20 countries, among which was Qatar, which received doctors and nurses to help bolster its frontline.
At the beginning of the outbreak in March last year, Cuba had sent at least 1,500 medical professionals across the world, joining 30,000 Cuban and others that were already deployed in other countries.
Qatar had already established the Cuban Hospital in Dukhan in 2012 as a cooperation between the Qatari and Cuban governments. More than 400 Cuban medical professionals including doctors, nursers and technicians have been working at the hospital since.
However, the hospital was transformed into a Covid-19 facility last year, with plans to resume it regular operations by next year.
History of Cuba’s healthcare
who hold “hostile or contrary views to the Cuban revolution.”