- Cuban doctors have been welcomed to East London in the Eastern Cape
- The deployment, according to the state, has come at a crucial time for the province
- Premier Oscar Mabuyane has denied claims that the doctors will be stealing work from locals
The Eastern Cape government welcomed a deployment of Cuban doctors to East London on Monday.
20 Experts including physicians, specialists and biostatisticians arrived in the province to help in the battle against Covid-19.
This comes after the foreign nationals concluded a mandatory 14-day quarantine period, compulsory after their arrival in South Africa.
Commenting on the deployment, Premier Oscar Mabuyane condemned allegations that the Cuban experts would be 'stealing' jobs from South African doctors, adamant that the battle against the coronavirus would require all the help the nation can get.
eNCA reports that over 1 800 coronavirus infections were recorded in the province, with 32 fatalities.
Mabuyane has called on all local doctors to come forward and report for duty amid the crisis.
In addition to this, the premier slammed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who recently accused SA of human trafficking after accepting the help from Cuba.
Briefly.co.za reported that Pompeo had explained how the government would allegedly accept payments meant to fund the doctors, but would only pay over a fraction.
Mabuyane condemned the claim as lies, stressing that the assistance is greatly appreciated.
As for the doctors themselves, they say they are ready to rumble and team up with South African doctors in a bid to tackle the pandemic, which many expect will hit peak infections later this year.
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