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Nearly $3M for support from Cuban medical brigade

The Cuban medical team with Premier Andrew Fahie (front, left) and Health Minister Carvin Malone at the Terrance B Lettsome Airport on Beef Island recently. (GIS photo)

The British Virgin Islands government spent nearly $3 million for the Cuban medical brigade that provided support to the territory’s overall response to COVID-19 last year.

The 22-member medical team that comprised internist doctors, intensive care specialist and nurses, specialists in infectious diseases, and emergency response doctors arrived last July and spent roughly three months.

According to a post-Cabinet statement released on Thursday, $2,978,700 was paid for the medical team.

Cabinet approved the sum during its March 31 meeting. It was also in that meeting that they retroactively “decided that the tender process be waived” to hire the Cubans.

The arrival of the medical brigade was possible through what has been described as a Cooperation Agreement for Emergency Response between the Ministry of Public Health of the Republic of Cuba and the Government of the Virgin Islands.

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  1. Sam says:

    And we still don’t have desks in our classrooms…what did they add to the system or do that the local doctors could not?

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  2. Thinker says:

    Are they not still here? At least some of them? I got tested by a Cuban twice in the last couple of weeks.

  3. the did a great job says:

    cool now pay them for their vaccine.

  4. Great says:

    What a nice set of people they were. Very professional. wish we could have kept them.

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  5. Interested says:

    I know that Cuba well needed that money,but what exactly did the team do ? I understand that they sat around the hospital twiddling their thumbs.There was also a language barrier.
    Waiting for the answer

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  6. Uterrd says:

    I thought the treasury was left dry by the previous administration.

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