Sunday 31 May, 2020

COVID-19: Cuban doctors and nurses entering Barbados to be screened

Cuban medical teams have been arriving in territories across the region to provide aid in the fight against COVID-19

Cuban medical teams have been arriving in territories across the region to provide aid in the fight against COVID-19

Doctors and nurses from Cuba will be screened before joining Barbados medical teams in their fight to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

This was the assurance given by Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Anton Best as he fielded questions on Starcom Network’s call-in programme, Down to Brass Tacks on Sunday. 

The senior medical official was questioned as to whether the medical teams arriving from Cuba would face a 14-day quarantine.

Dr Best reiterated previous comments by Attorney General Dale Marshall, stating that the Cuban medical personnel would be working with those individuals housed at isolation centres across the island who had already tested positive for COVID-19.

The Acting Chief Medical Officer advised that the Ministry of Health was working in conjunction with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the issue.

He stated: “At last count, I believe it was on Friday, there were less than 90 cases of COVID-19 in Cuba. If you remember the population of Cuba being substantially higher than Barbados, we do not see Cubans coming to Barbados as a risk.

Be that as it may, we are still going to be putting measures in place to screen persons who are coming in.”

Dr Best went on to outline that the screening process would involve inquiring about the history of individuals and asking about any signs or symptoms as it relates to COVID-19.

He reassured all tuned in to the programme that local health officials would not seek to exacerbate the present situation by bringing in persons who were infected themselves.

He promised close attention would be paid to the practices observed in hospital and clinical-care settings in terms of infection prevention and control to minimize the likelihood of exposure of health care workers to COVID-19.

 

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