By Loshaun DIxon

Thirty-four medical professionals from Cuba arrived in the Federation Saturday to assist in the fight against COVID19. 

Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said Cuba was committed to the Caribbean countries in fighting and controlling the novel coronavirus. Rodriguez said, “Cuban health professionals arrive in Saint Kitts and Nevis to join the efforts to fight COVID19. Cuba ratifies its commitment to the Caribbean nations, to which we are united by historic ties of brotherhood and solidarity.”

More than 800 Cuban health professionals are working to fight the pandemic abroad, according to Santiago Badia, secretary-general of the National Union of Health Workers.

Some 45  countries have requested help from Cuba to deal with Covid-19, according to officials there.

The team is made up of doctors and nursing graduates, mostly members of the Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade against Disasters and Serious Epidemics, created by the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro.

So far, Cuba has sent medical professionals to 12 nations, including Italy, Belize, Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Haiti, Saint Lucia, Grenada and Dominica.

Last week Medical Chief of Staff for the JNF Hospital Dr. Cameron Wilkinson said they were to welcome more than 30 nurses and three intensive care specialists from Cuba, who are going to help fight this disease with the others arriving at a later date.