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Cuban Medical Brigade Arrives at Douglas-Charles Airport

by: - March 29, 2020
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Late Saturday night, the promised medical team of 34 Cuban professionals arrived at the Douglas-Charles Airport to assist with the direct management of COVID19.

In an announcement via his Facebook page, the Hon Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit had revealed that the medical brigade from Cuba consisting of 25 nurses, five doctors and four lab technicians was scheduled for this past Thursday.

He also extended his gratitude to the government and people of the republic of Cuba, for once again showing solidarity with Dominica.

Hon Roosevelt Skerrit said, “I have always said that you know who your friends are in times of trouble.”

Dominica is not the only nation welcoming Cuban support, a total of 140 health care professionals, including 90 specialist nurses, were dispatched to Jamaica last week.

Italy, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Suriname and Grenada have also invited Cuban support despite the US State Department advising against.

“Cuba offers its international medical missions to those afflicted with #COVIDー19 only to make up the money it lost when countries stopped participating in the abusive program,” tweeted an account for the US State Department Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor on Wednesday.
“Host countries seeking Cuba’s help for #COVIDー19 should scrutinize agreements and end labor abuses,” the message said.
Recent requests for help by other countries have marked an abrupt turnaround. Cuba saw hundreds of doctors sent home from medical missions in Brazil, Ecuador and Bolivia in recent years, after the US criticized Cuba’s medical assistance programs, accusing them of exploiting health care workers and spreading propaganda.
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