The health sector in Barbados has received another injection of medical slaves with the arrival this Tuesday of a Cuban team of 70 members.
Four “trained” doctors in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), four laboratory technologists and 62 specialist nurses arrived on the island on a chartered flight shortly after 3 p.m.
The Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Welfare, Dr. Sonia Browne, joined the Ambassador of Cuba in Barbados, Sergio Pastrana, and other officials, at the Grantley Adams International Airport, to welcome the team.
Dr. Browne said that Barbados appreciated the presence of health workers, considering that COVID-19 has shown that there is a significant need for additional specialized staff.
“We are grateful. It is needed in Barbados, at least for now, until we can build our own supply. But probably for the next few years we would need help from other sources.
“Its role isn’t really training, but that comes with the job anyway because you tend to pick up when people come. But its mission is not to train, but to increase the workforce.
“The Ministry of Health is looking for other areas where we can expand the training of nurses abroad. There are groups that have been funding nurses to train in specialties abroad as we speak, and we hope that a couple more will finish their studies soon,” said Dr. Browne.
Last week, 126 doctors who were part of the medical team of the Henry Reeve Brigade from Cuba that arrived on the island to help in the fight against COVID-19, returned to their homeland after completing a two-year stay.
Delivering his remarks, Pastrana assured that the visiting medical team was equipped with well-trained professionals who are ready to serve wherever they are placed.
During the welcoming ceremony, the ambassador reminded the attendees that in 2022 it will be 50 years since Barbados and Cuba began diplomatic relations. Pastrana said that the two countries have also managed to maintain a long-standing relationship in the sport.
“But there are a number of topics that we have been discussing in different aspects of economics and research and of course there are obvious interests in things like pharmaceuticals or agriculture.
“There are many. So we are open to greater cooperation. We believe that among the Caribbean countries we must strengthen the capacities to face the different challenges that surround us from all angles. The pandemic has shown that we have many more opportunities for cooperation”, Pastrana said.
In this way, Barbados continues to support the exploitation of Cuban slave doctors.