SAO PAULO (AP) — The Health Ministry says more than 200 Cuban doctors have arrived in Brazil to work in impoverished areas where physicians and medical services are scarce in Latin America's biggest country.
Ministry press officer Ed Ruas says 206 Cuban doctors arrived Saturday in the city of Recife to take a connecting flight to Brasilia, the capital.
He said another 194 Cuban doctors are scheduled to arrive on Sunday in the city of Salvador. The 400 are the first of an expected 4,000 physicians from the communist-run island who will eventually work in Brazil.
About 250 doctors from other countries arrived in Brazil on Friday along with Brazilians who studied abroad. They and the Cubans are part of the "More Doctors" program to get more physicians working in underserved areas.