Guided by their teachers, Umajutha and Maglaha, both Saharawi medical student refugees, they go house to house inquiring about the health status of the inhabitants and offering advice for the prevention of contagion, related to hygiene and social isolation, highlights the site .
They assure that this is their way of thanking the country that offered them the opportunity to study Medicine, says that digital platform.
“Like many other young Sahrawis and from other parts of the world, including some from other nationalities who are also refugees, Umajutha and Maglaha benefited from scholarships granted by Cuba to study medicine in the Caribbean country.”
The UN news website notes that Umajutha and Maglaha know and apply all health standards to protect themselves in their community work.
Along with the veil or scarf with which Muslim women use to cover their heads, now they always wear the naso-buco or mask.
‘Both Umajutha and Maglaha at the University of Medical Sciences of Pinar del Río, in the West of Cuba, and Suadu in their similar in Las Tunas, in the East, are proud to render a valuable service in the present circumstances so difficult that Cuba is experiencing and the world’.
The UN news page also exposes how hundreds of other students of Medicine and Stomatology on that island, Cubans and from many other origins, voluntarily participate in the work of active research in the cities where they live and study.
These activities are carried out in search of residents who may have symptoms of Covid-19 or some epidemiological risk.
“For us, participating in active investigative work is a way of putting our grain of sand in these moments when it is so badly needed,” Maglaha told the UN news site.
In this time in Cuba we have learned not only science, he said, but
also that the values of solidarity and humanism are essential for the exercise of our future profession.
Umajutha and Maglaha hail from Western Sahara, North Africa, and were born in a refugee camp located in the Tindouf area of Algeria.
Western Sahara is one of 17 Non-Self-Governing Territories under the supervision of the UN Special Committee on Decolonization. The area is mostly occupied by Morocco, which is rejected by several countries in the world.
In 1976, the Polisario Front proclaimed its independence and established the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, recognized so far by more than 80 States.
Morocco has insisted for years on a proposal of autonomy for the territory as the only option to end the conflict. Meanwhile, the Polisario Front points to the need to hold a referendum that includes independence among the options.
Since 1976, Cuba has provided the Western Sahara with support in health and education.
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