Cuban Doctors Coming to Standing Rock
by Stephen Lendman
Fidel would be proud, smiling from the hereafter, knowing his legacy lives.
Thursday on Facebook, Dr. Revery P. Barnes, a Havana-based Latin American School of Medicine graduate said:
“We answer the call to serve in alignment with the mission and core principles of our alma mater and dedication to our commitment to serve underserved communities in our HOME country.”
“While Cuba instilled in us an unwavering commitment to internationalism, with the acceptance of a full scholarship to medical school at ELAM, we made the moral commitment to respond to the needs of our most vulnerable communities here at home in the US.”
Cuban trained doctors will work with the Standing Rock Medic + Healer Council. It “coordinate(s) supplies, resources, and volunteers between various medic and wellness clinics at the Standing Rock Dakota Access Pipeline Opposition camps.”
Doctors are treating emergency and chronic health conditions for thousands of Standing Rock Sioux water protectors and supporters.
They’re protesting environmentally destructive Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) construction on sacred ancestral land - suffering injuries inflicted by militarized police state viciousness, attacking them with tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets, water cannons, pepper spray and other forms of mistreatment.
It’s unknown how many Cuban-trained doctors are coming or when they’ll arrive. An earlier article called goodwill, doctors and teachers Cuba’s most important exports.
It operates 21 medical schools, the Havana-based Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) the world’s largest with an enrollment of nearly 20,000 students from scores of countries worldwide.
They get free world-class education in return for committing to provide Cuban-style medical services in home or other countries to low-income, under-served communities in need.
A holistic approach focuses on individual needs, prevention, lifestyle changes important for good health and community wellness.
Cuba spends a small fraction of the cost of healthcare in America, providing better services overall, everyone treated equally, no one left out, world-class care available.
Since exporting healthcare in 1961, tens of thousands of Cuban doctors and other medical personnel served low-income, usually impoverished communities, in scores of countries worldwide.
Cuba wages goodwill, world-class healthcare and education, its most important exports and homeland services.
America wages state terror, endless wars of aggression, mass slaughter and destruction, disdain for democratic values and immiseration on an unprecedented scale.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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