The 17 Cuban healthcare workers welcomed by the Free State Department of Health yesterday, will be part of the first barriers against he spread of Covid-19 as they are being deployed in all five districts in the province.
According to department spokesperson, Mondli Mvambi, this is to strengthen efforts in the fight against Covid-19 in the province.
“They are here to be integrated into different health teams in the districts as their speciality is mainly primary healthcare orientation for preventative health services,” said Mvambi.
The Cuban professionals deployed in the Free State include skilled doctors and scientists, among them skilled family physicians, bio-statisticians and epidemiology technologists.
Free State Health MEC, Montseng Tsiu, said the Cuban health professionals have been quarantined for 14 days in Pretoria since their landing in South Africa.
“They are now in the Free State where the Provincial Department of Health is facilitating their registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as well as inducting them before they can practice medicine in the country,” said Tsiu.