Monday 30 November, 2020

Cuban nurses integrated into Barbados' public health post-COVID

One of the Cuban nurses assigned to Barbados.

One of the Cuban nurses assigned to Barbados.

The team of nurses and doctors from Cuba who have ably assisted Barbados in its fight against COVID-19 are now helping the country in another area of healthcare.

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Once the country's active cases dropped to zero and with numbers remaining low within the Isolation facility, the Minister of Health Jeffrey Bostic assures that these medical professionals are now putting their skills, knowledge and expertise to work elsewhere on island.

Bostic told Loop News:

"They are going to be here for about a year and what they have agreed to do is to be utilised in other parts of the healthcare system . . .  Yes in the polyclinics."

But he said this is not a permanent move as the government is in no way thinking that the COVID-19 pandemic is over. He stressed: "Because obviously we don't have a lot of cases in Isolation, so they will do that until, cause it's not over.

"So once, if things picked back up again, then they would be pulled back out to do what they came here to do, which is [work at] the Isolation facility."

It was a team of 100 medical practitioners who flew from Havana, Cuba to Barbados to help combat the spread and contain COVID-19 here. The group arrived on April 5 and were screened at the Grantley Adams International Airport. These medics worked with patients at the Harrison Point Facility in St Lucy once it was completed.

At an April 5-press briefing, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Anton Best said the healthcare professionals from Cuba will serve as "respiratory therapists".

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