Aregola along with other collaborators returned to Cuba on Tuesday in flight 31 after the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) announced the decision to withdraw from the More Doctors program, in response to the aggressive expressions from President-elect Jair Bolsonaro.
We helped in Brazil to improve the quality of life of low-income patients and we received the affection of a people eager for healthcare, the doctor said on behalf of her colleagues.
In front of Health Minister Jose Angel Portal, Aregola shared some anecdotes of her experiences and condemned statements by Bolsonaro, who questioned the preparation of the doctors and conditioned their stay in the program promoted in 2013 by the then Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.
Deputy Health Minister Luis Fernando Navarro highlighted the humanitarian work carried out by doctors, as well as their ethics and professionalism.
According to official data, about 113 million patients were assisted by the Cuban specialists and nearly 700 municipalities had a doctor for the first time.