New Cuban medical brigade fights against Covid-19 in Barbados

Havana, Jan 25 (Prensa Latina) Another Cuban medical brigade, belonging to the Henry Reeve international medical contingent, supports the fight against Covid-19 in Barbados, Cuba’s Foreign Ministry informed on Monday.

The medical brigade is made up of 11 doctors and four laboratory specialists, who will join the 99 cooperating workers who since April have been contributing to the local efforts against the pandemic at the request of the Barbadian government.

The Cuban healthcare professionals arrived on Friday in that Caribbean country, where they were received by the Barbadian ambassador to the Caribbean David Commission; the ambassador director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Foreign Ministry, Sandra Gittens, and the directors of Medicine and Human Resources of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Likewise, the meeting was attended by the head of the Henry Reeve’s brigade in Barbados, Daymarelis Ortega, and the Cuban ambassador, Sergio Jorge Pastrana.

The collaborators are currently undergoing the regulatory isolation period for all travelers, before carrying out a second PCR test in order to be able to return to work in the facilities of the Barbadian national healthcare system.

Epidemiologists, pulmonologists, anesthesiologists, physiotherapists and adult and pediatric intensivists make up the new group that joins the work carried out by 98 nurses, who have been fighting the pandemic in the country for nine months.

Meanwhile, the four laboratory specialists will complement the forces of the Best Dos Santos central laboratory in Barbados, where real-time PCR tests are performed to determine Covid-19 cases.

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