Saturday 6 June, 2020

Cuban medical team fully committed to improve St Lucia's healthcare

Members of the  Humanistic Solidarity Association welcoming the medical team

Members of the Humanistic Solidarity Association welcoming the medical team

It was truly a momentous occasion for the Cuban medical team who arrived on the island on Friday, March 27, 2020, to assist Saint Lucia with its fight against the novel coronavirus.

So too was it for the Humanistic Solidarity Association, who welcomed them at the Hewanorra International Airport.

The team is comprised of 113 health care professionals including doctors, nurses, biomedical and engineers.

In a brief interview with Loop News, Cuba’s ambassador to Saint Lucia, H.E. Alejandro Simancas Marin said that the team is happy to assist Saint Lucia in its fight against the coronavirus and the general improvement its health sector.

"Today is a moment of pride and solidarity between Cuba and Saint Lucia. We are happy to assist Saint Lucia in this difficult time,” Ambassador Marin said.

The ambassador said Cuba is fully committed to assisting Saint Lucia, adding that the team of medical professionals, which came from various parts of Cuba, will perform their duties to the best of their ability.

Cuba’s ambassador to Saint Lucia, H.E. Alejandro Simancas Marin

“We are fully committed to improve the health care system of Saint Lucia,” he said.

A member of the medical team told Loop News that he has worked in Saint Lucia before and is happy to be back with another medical team to provide his service to the Government of Saint Lucia.

Marilyn Alexander, president of the Humanistic Solidarity Association of Saint Lucia, said: “Today is a very wonderful day for the association. We came here to welcome the Cubans in a very special way. I feel overwhelmed…”

The medical team leaves the airport

She said it’s a joy to see so many of our brothers and sisters from Cuba coming to Saint Lucia to assist us in our fight against the coronavirus and improve our health care in general.

Alexander said Cuba is always willing to assist the world in health care and we should all appreciate that.

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