HAVANA TIMES — After returning from a visit to Cuba, Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa announced Saturday that he hopes to bring 1,000 Cuban physicians with different specialties to Ecuador, reported El Universo online.
Correa met with both Raul and Fidel Castro while on the island. His announcement came on his weekly radio program from Quito where he said the cost would be US $30 million a year, averaging US $30,000 per doctor.
Correa said the idea is to provide general family medical service in the neighborhoods, sounding similar to the Barrio Adentro program that is partially staffed by Cuban doctors in Venezuela.
He said “there is a lot to learn from Cuba’s medical system”, noted El Universo.
While in Cuba, Correa visited projects supported by Ecuador to build homes destroyed in Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
“We also need homes (in Ecuador) and we are going to build them, but there is always room for solidarity”, said Correa.