Rotceh Rios Molina, a doctor from Jaruco against Ebola: Beginning and end of a great battle

After six months of intense and risky work collaborators of Henry Reeve International Brigade faced the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone, closed with a flourish their record in the West African nation.

So the doctor from Jaruco Rotceh Rios Molina confessed in his latest message dated Thursday March 19th. The also Specialist in Internal Medicine of San Antonio de Rio Blanco reached to Freetown, capital of Sierra Leonean the first of October last year along with 164 other Cuban specialists, suspecting that would be the protagonists of another love story in humanity.

I have to say that filled me with nostalgia his words of farewell to the hospital Doctor Cuba, as he baptized the welfare unit of the district of Waterloo where he worked continuously over almost four months, with thirty doctors and nurses of the island and other local, and where health workers entered the Red Zone last Thursday afternoon.

Would have liked to write the story of the last day of battle against the most terrible epidemic of late, and tell goodbye to the blue tarps mobile hospitals that remain to embellish life and hope of the people of Sierra Leone from my post as journalist, but I prefer to give the world to the hero of Jaruco and Cuba, Rotceh Rios Molina.


March 19, 2015

Message Rotceh Rios Molina, Specialist in Internal Medicine

Marle: It's very singular what I feel today, for the joy of having done so far healthier, with impressive results working with a total of 202 patients achieving these 56 positive and save the lives of 35 of these people, are things defy description.

We're bringing the memory of incredible working relationships with local and large social recognition, supported by showing the best balance of the 4 centers facing Ebola in Freetown.
I also filled with joy that neither Cuban partner under my responsibility sick from anything thanks to all daily epidemiological controls, something praised for leadership, which in turn is admired by our work and acknowledge that my youth is not an impediment if the intentions to do the best are present.

But mostly fills me with joy the satisfaction of accomplishment with me, with my family, my people, my ministry, my government and the world. Those feelings are somewhat tempered by the sadness of leaving behind so many people who still need my assistance, my hands, whether as a partner, as a friend or as a specialist. However I am reassured to know that while I had to do and gave of me and mine very best in care and treatment to patients.

Today I put my head on my pillow and think of my first entrance to the red area that October 9, 7 days of my arrival in this country and see the difference from that moment the epidemic curtail the lives of hundreds of people every days, and today are counted on the fingers of one hand those who fall ill and many do not die.
I also think in those dehumanizing treatment centers I visited in those early days when I was astounded to see how patients will die without the slightest of care, such a different situation that I see now six months later. And that entire outcome has flourished with a Cuban human touch, as we say in our midst.


Honestly, I feel I have done something great for humanity. So I think it's time for decision of my upper back and still meet my daily mission, but in Cuba where every day, but did not appreciate at its true, doctors and nurses get so big gestures, such as those here have been recorded for history.
 Translated by Ada Iris Guerrero