A group of Cuban nurses are due to arrive in T&T shortly to assist local healthcare professionals in the fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Confirming this during a media briefing yesterday, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said, “It has always been this Government’s policy to seek Cuban professionals where there is a lack of that particular speciality in T&T. As per COVID-19, we do have a cohort of intensive care nurses coming in.”
Indicating that government had signed off on it approximately three weeks ago, Deyalsingh said interviews were done online to assess the suitability and language skills of the applicants.
While it is not known when and how exactly they will arrive in the country, the foreign personnel will be deployed throughout intensive care units at the various hospitals.
The Cuban nurses will be under the purview of Dr Anthony Parkinson of the North West Regional Health Authority (NWRHA) – whom the ministry has brought on to manage the intensive care unit response across T&T.
So far, Cuba has deployed healthcare workers to Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica and Jamaica.
In a status update on patients, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Roshan Parasram said there are currently three patients in the Intensive Care Unit at the Couva Hospital – of which two were said to be stable, whilst the other was in a critical condition.
In the High Dependency Unit, there are 14 patients, all of whom he claimed are stable.