Covid-19: United States slams SA for accepting help from Cuban doctors

Covid-19: United States slams SA for accepting help from Cuban doctors

- The United States government has criticised South Africa for accepting the help of Cuban doctors to fight the coronavirus

- The world power has accused Cuba of benefiting from human trafficking

- The Cuban government was accused of continuing to exploit Cuban medical workers

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The US government has slammed South Africa for accepting the deployment of Cuban doctors in the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

Cuba was accused of profiting from human trafficking with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo telling the nation during a briefing this week that the US had taken note of how the Cuban regime was taking advantage of both the Covid-19 pandemic and its medical workers.

“Governments accepting Cuban doctors must pay them directly, otherwise when they pay the regime, they are helping the Cuban government turn a profit on human trafficking."

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Pompeo insisted that the rights of medical workers need to be protected now more than ever before.

The politician applauded countries that have refused to "turn a blind eye to these abuses by the Cuban regime".

African News Agency reports that Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize defended the deployment of 217 Cuban doctors to help fight the virus. reported that SA, in Mkhize's view, owes a massive debt to Cuba for its continued support during the crisis.

The minister highlighted that South Africa was privileged to receive a deployment with Cuba already committing doctors to other affected nations.

A compulsory quarantine period was put into place, with said doctors set to be deployed to numerous provinces once this period is completed.

South Africa is set to enter Level 4 lockdown on Friday, with certain regulations put into place over a month ago relaxed.

The government had opted to take a phased approach to lift the restrictions, highlighting that the level of lockdown could be increased at any stage.

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