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Jamaica's Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Christopher Tufton welcoming the team of Cuban medical professionals at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on Saturday (March 21).

140 Cuban healthcare professionals arrive in Jamaica to aid COVID-19 fight

Jamaica's Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Christopher Tufton welcoming the team of Cuban medical professionals at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on Saturday (March 21).

One hundred and forty health care professionals from Cuba arrived in Jamaica yesterday, March 21, to aid in the island’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton (left) with Cuban Ambassador to Jamaica, Her Excellency Ines Fors Fernandez (right) and National Coordinator Medical Brigade in Jamaica, Dr José Armando Arronte Villamarin.

The professionals, comprising 90 specialist nurses, 46 doctors and four therapists, were met my Health Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston just hours before the airport was scheduled to closed at 11:59PM.

The health care professionals will be quarantined for 14 days, as is the protocol, before being deployed across the island, Tufton said.

“So today what you are witnessing is a continuation of that friendship and relationship and in the time of crisis…”

– Dr Christopher Tufton

“They will be deployed in various capacities to ensure that the frontline is bolstered and strengthened to deal with the eventualities that we will have to confront and that I hope will, therefore, minimise the impact and help us to overcome the challenges quickly and by extension recover,” the minister said.

Dr Tufton expressed gratitude to the team on behalf of Jamaicans, and also thanked the Cuban Government and the Cuban Ambassador, Her Excellency Inés Fors Fernández, who was instrumental in getting the assistance.

“As you know we have a long-standing relationship with Cuba and the Cuban Government in the area of medicine…So today what you are witnessing is a continuation of that friendship and relationship and in the time of crisis…”