South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has welcomed a team of Cuban medical doctors to his country to aid in the fight against COVID-19.
The 217 experts arrived in the African country on Monday at the request of President Ramaphosa.
The presidency said the team of health professionals consists of epidemiologists, biostatisticians, public health experts, family physicians, and healthcare technology engineers.
The theme for this year’s #FreedomDay is: “Solidarity and the triumph of the human spirit in challenging times”. It is fitting that on this day we should welcome Cuban health experts who have arrived in our country to support our efforts to curb the spread of #COVID19. 🇨🇺🇿🇦 pic.twitter.com/dVJO6hZaVr
— Cyril Ramaphosa 🇿🇦 #StayHome (@CyrilRamaphosa) April 27, 2020
“The deployment of Cuban doctors, engineers, and technical experts in all the provinces of South Africa rendering important services is a demonstration of the strategic partnership and solidarity between South Africa and Cuba and a good example of South-South cooperation,” the presidency said in a statement.
South Africa is the continent’s worst affected country by COVID-19, having recorded 4,546 cases and 87 deaths, according to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.
In a bid to stop further spread of the disease, the South African government has imposed a nationwide lockdown and also put in place many other relevant measures.
Other than South Africa, Cuba has also sent other medical teams to other countries to tackle the novel coronavirus.
“These times require cooperation and solidarity. If we act together, the propagation of the virus will be halted, in a faster and more cost-effective manner,” said the Cuban Embassy in South Africa.