A team of Cubans here to help in the battle against the spread of COVID-19 in Saint Lucia are currently undergoing quarantine for 14 days before taking up duties.
The disclosure has come from the Ministry of Health and Wellness.
The group of 113 Cubans comprises 100 nurses, 6 general practitioners, 3 intensive care physicians and 2 epidemiologists.
In welcoming the visitors, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sharon Belmar-George commended the government and people of the Republic of Cuba for their commitment to provide assistance in health care to aid in the battle against COVID-19.
Belmar-George observed that the Department of Health and Wellness has been monitoring closely the escalation in the classification of the outbreaks.
She noted that in collaboration with all stakeholders, the department has strengthened systems to reduce the possible impact on the population here.
“One important gap that we recognize was that of human resource capacity in relation to health care workers to support their expected increases within the community respiratory clinics and the respiratory hospital,” the CMO stated.
She explained that this led to Saint Lucia reaching out to the Cuban government for support.
Minister for Health and Wellness Senator Mary Isaac lauded the solidarity of the Cuban government.
Isaac said she is extremely grateful for the immediate assistance to help Saint Lucia fight COVID-19.
“I am just so thankful and so grateful and I thank God for your presence here today because we really need you, we need your assistance and just by the way you present yourself, it is so professional, I can see that you are here to help us,” the minister declared at the welcome ceremony for the Cuban medical professionals.
Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba to Saint Lucia His Excellency Alejandro Simancas Marin emphasized on the strong ties of friendship between Cuba and Saint Lucia and encouraged the medical professionals to accomplish their mission diligently.
“All of them have in common, the commitment to work together with the government and people of the sister isle of Saint Lucia in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic,” the Cuban diplomat explained.
Health officials here on Sunday announced that Saint Lucia has so far recorded nine cases of COVID-19, including one case of local transmission.