The mayor of Medellín, Daniel Quintero Calle, asked this Sunday for help from Cuba, the United States, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates and Spain to attend the COVID-19 pandemic, which in that Colombian city already leaves 12.894 infected, according to an EFE review. .
The ruler assured on his social networks that he asked the United States and the United Kingdom for "vaccines" when they have them; He requested tests from the United Arab Emirates, and medical personnel from Spain and Cuba, without giving more details about the requirements.
Quintero referred to those requests for cooperation made by his city after a letter was sent to the Cuban ambassador to Colombia, José Luis Ponce, in which he asked that country "help and solidarity with a medical brigade" with the capacity to attend 600 beds of Intensive Care Units (ICU).
"The Mayor's Office of Medellín will have all the necessary resources for the transfer and stay in the city, with all the security guarantees that are required," the official said in the letter.
He explained that the capacity of the ICUs in the city "was collapsed even before the start of the pandemic" and noted that it only has "118 intensive care specialists, insufficient number to guarantee the care of the most serious patients."
"To this already low number must be subtracted the number of those who are infected and must keep isolation or require some kind of medical attention themselves," added Quintero in the letter, which provoked criticism from some sectors that consider that the work of Colombian doctors before that of Cubans.
Senator María Fernanda Cabal, from the right-wing Centro Democrático party, criticized Quintero on networks and said that he "offers Cuban doctors work and security to attend the peak of the pandemic in Medellín, dismissing local doctors, who also have better training" .
In response to the congresswoman's accusations, the mayor stated: “We have not understood the message of the coronavirus well. Beyond borders, races and ideologies, he reminded us that as humans we all need each other (…) Life must be above politics ».