Ambassador says Cuba is happy to help Jamaica

Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton and Ambassador of Cuba to Jamaica Inés Fors Fernández, shake hands after exchanging copies of a document renewing the Technical Cooperation Agreement with the Ministry of Public Health of the Republic of Cuba in February 25. 

Cuba’s Ambassador to Jamaica Inés Fors Fernández, says her Government is happy to provide support to Jamaica in combatting the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

A total of 140 healthcare professionals, including 90 specialist nurses, arrived in the island on March 21 to bolster the country’s front-line staff. They are among 434 Cuban healthcare personnel currently in Jamaica under a Technical Cooperation Agreement on health between the countries.

“The pandemic knows no border or ideologies, so that’s why our Cuban health professionals are working here. So when Jamaica called us we said ‘yes, we will be there’,” Ambassador Fernández said.

Dr Christopher Tufton with medical workers from Cuba on Saturday, March 21.

She noted that the health professionals, who are under quarantine for 14 days, have been familiarising themselves with Jamaica’s public health protocols. All persons who enter the island from countries where there is a local transmission of the COVID-19 are required to immediately self-quarantine for 14 days.

Ambassador Fernández said that the professionals are also learning about Jamaica’s culture and history via the Internet, and have also been sharpening their knowledge of the English language, having received a donation of Spanish to English dictionaries.