Kingstown (One News St. Vincent) – Some twelve Cuban nurses and four doctors arrived in St. Vincent tonight as part of the government’s Covid-19 response.
The Republic of Cuba, which is known for its robust healthcare system, has been sending medical teams to different countries to help them respond to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said in an address to the nation on Wednesday that the Cuban medical team, a gift from the government and people of Cuba will be in St. Vincent for a period of three months, initially.
Gonsalves said the Cuban medical team’s “time period may be extended to assist us in containing and managing Covid-19”.
At the arrival of the Cuban medical team at the Argyle International Airport tonight, Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment, Luke Browne said “this is the meaning of solidarity, this is the meaning of compassion”.
The news comes as Prime Minister Gonsalves announced on Wednesday that “some forty Vincentian nurses and doctors have been, or are being hired to strengthen the containment and surveillance of the hospitals and clinics, the ports of entry, hotels and a hotline in respect of Covid-19”.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines has only one confirmed case of Covid-19.