Twenty-two Cuban medical professionals who are expected to assist the British Virgin Islands in its fight against COVID-19 will enter the territory on Thursday, July 23.
Premier Andrew Fahie made the announcement during Tuesday’s Sitting of the House of Assembly.
He said the Cuban team will consist of internist doctors, emergency response doctors, intensive care specialists and nurses who are trained in infectious diseases.
“This has been long in coming and after their 14-days in quarantine, and after their successful COVID-19 testing, they will join our local medical team to strengthen our resolve in the fight against the coronavirus,” the Premier said.
“We requested the assistance in an effort to augment the capacity of the team of healthcare professionals currently at the BVI Health Services Authority to ensure that the territory is able to deal with any situation which may occur as we continue the cautious phased re-opening of our borders.”
Premier Fahie thanked the Republic of Cuba for responding to the BVI’s request and said that the medical team will now allow the territory to reopen with a greater sense of confidence, knowing that adequate specialised treatment capacity will be accessible to the islands.
Cuba has deployed teams of medical doctors and nurses to several countries in the region. These include Antigua, Dominica, St Lucia, Barbados, St Kitts & Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, Jamaica, and Suriname.
They have also provided support internationally to countries including South Africa and Italy.
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