The team of doctors and nurses from Cuba who are to lend assistance in treating Barbados' COVID-19 patients arrived on island on Sunday night (April 5).
A total of 100 healthcare professionals touched down at the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) after having flown for more than five hours from Havana on board two specially chartered LIAT aircraft.
Speaking at a live press briefing on Sunday, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Anton Best said the healthcare professionals will serve as "respiratory therapists".
“We have identified the need for additional healthcare personnel and that is why the Cubans are coming today [Sunday].”
Health Minister, Jeffrey Bostic said the Cuban team will provided support to local medical teams.
“The team would offer support to our medical teams who have been on the front line treating those with COVID-19 working in the most demanding of circumstances. We thank the people and Government of Cuba for their support in this time of great demand for their medical services.”
As of April 5, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Barbados stood at 56. The country recorded its first death over the weekend and six patients, who have recovered from the illness, are expected to be discharged from isolation facility.
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