- A group of medical practitioners from Cuba have touched down in South Africa
- The Cuban doctors have been deployed to Mzansi to help fight the spread of the coronavirus and ease some worries about strain on the healthcare system
- Images and videos of their arrival were posted online and it warmed Saffas' hearts
On Sunday, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize welcomed more than 200 medical health specialists from Cuba, who have been deployed to South Africa to help fight Covid-19.
According to TimesLIVE, the group included experts in epidemiology, biostatistics, and public health, family physicians, health care technology engineers and experts to provide technical assistance.
Mkhize said Cuba is known for its disaster preparedness and has been consistent in deploying medical practitioners to countries that needed help.
“Some of these highly skilled health professionals were in the front line of fighting other outbreaks in the world such as cholera in Haiti in 2010 and Ebola in West Africa in 2013.”
The foreign health experts would have to wait before starting to help South Africans though. As a precautionary measure, the doctors would be placed in quarantine while awaiting test results.
Several photos and videos of the Cuban doctors' arrival in Mzansi were posted online.
South Africans were given hope by the Cuban doctors' arrival and they flooded social media with gratitude.
Twitter user, @HectorMakhata, commented:
"Just seeing them land gave so many of us hope, we can help them by staying home and following the lockdown regulations. May they stay safe just as much as our own doctors and everyone in the medical field."
Another tweep, @lelo_bosschick, said:
"Cuba does in real life what America does only in the movies #cubandoctors."
Social media user, @THEOLA07, added:
"So selfless and brave. SA thanks you."
Previously, Briefly.co.za reported that as the Cuban doctors arrived, SA surpassed the 4 500 case mark when it comes to coronavirus infections.
Any relief over the upcoming relaxation of the lockdown restrictions has been shadowed by a steadily climbing number of coronavirus infections.
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