*The Cuban mediacal delegation to South Africa on arrival Monday
Just like some Chinese medical officials arrived Nigeria few weeks back to support Nigeria in combating the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, (even though Nigerians including the Nigeria Medical Association) were not comfortable with their arrival, we understand that more than 200 Cuban doctors and health workers arrived South Africa earlier today Monday April 27, 2020 to help the fight against coronavirus.
South Africa has the highest number of coronavirus cases on the continent with 4,546 infections, of which 87 have been fatal. The delegation was met by a group of South African ministers as they landed in the early hours of the morning, the South African presidency has said.
According to the statement, “217 Cuban health specialists and workers have arrived in South Africa today…to assist with the fight to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.” They include epidemiology and public health experts, family physicians and healthcare technology engineers. South Africa is in the final days of a strict nationwide lockdown that will be gradually eased from May 1. The Cuban family physicians will help with a mass door-to-door screening and testing campaign, which the country launched at the beginning of April.
As at the time of this report, over 168,000 people have been tested so far, including more than 13,500 in South Africa’s most populous province Gauteng where the majority of cases have been recorded. South Africa is the second country in the region to receive medical support from Cuba. More than 250 Cuban doctors were sent to Angola earlier this month to help authorities combat the spread of COVID-19. Angola has recorded 25 coronavirus cases, including 2 deaths.