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Quake in Ecuador, 3 Cuban Health Collaborators Killed
A total of three Cuban health collaborators were killed in the 7.8 magnitude quake that shook Ecuador's northern coast past Apr 16, reported the Cuban Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP).

According to the MINSAP note, about 742 Cuban health collaborators are working in the South American nation, 59 of which are in the area rocked by this natural disaster, which killed more than 400 people, wounded more than 2,500 and left substantial material damages.

Three of the Cuban doctors who worked in Pedernales beach resort, a municipality in the Manabi province, were in a building that was completely collapsed. As part of the rescue labors, the bodies of those physicians were recovered, the text said.

The deceased are doctor Barbara Caridad Cruz, 46, a specialist in General Medicine and Internal Medicine; doctor Leonardo Ortiz, 53, a specialist in General Medicine and doctor Eric Omar Perez, 41, also a specialist in General Medicine.

According to MINSAP, the bodies of these three health collaborators are in conservation in order to be transferred to Cuba.

According to the island's health authorities, the other members of the brigade are in good health, participating in recovery and doing their normal work, with the willingness to collaborate in all that is needed. / PL.

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