Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has on Friday, on behalf of Department of Health in South Africa salutes the Cuban Brigade team. The brigade has been deployed throughout the country.
However he said it’s not the first time Cuba has supported South Africa. Cuba sent young women and men to serve in the jungles of Angola to help SA fight injustice.
“We shall forever be indebted to Cubans for giving up their resources, their flesh and blood, to help fight apartheid,” said Mkhize.
Mkhize said what has being done today, is an extension of the past. He added that in the hour of need, as government they were able to call on Cuban brothers and sisters.
We shall forever be indebted to Cubans for giving up their resources, their flesh and blood, to help fight apartheid. #UpdateCubanDrs
— Dr Zweli Mkhize (@DrZweliMkhize) August 14, 2020
The brigade has been deployed throughout the country. Their expertise has been utilised across the provinces. According to minister, Eastern Cape was allocated 12 Medical Officers, 4 Biomedical Engineers, 2 Epidemiologists, and 2 Biostatitians.
“The Medical Officers have been resourceful in Primary Health Care as this is their speciality. Their Data analytics and information management has been key in assessing the impact of intervention strategies,” said Mkhize.
In Gauteng Province, Members of the Cuban Medical Brigade are distributed throughout all five Districts and some have been doing work with the central office.
He said they are mainly working in quarantine and isolation sites, ward-based contract tracing, epidemiological surveillance and in hospitals where there has been noticeable nosocomial spread.
Minister Mkhize extended gratitude to President for leading and driving this partnership which saw the implementation of a critical programme of boosting human resources for health during the COVID-19.
“I want to thank the Cuban Ambassador to SA, the Cuban embassy here and the embassy of SA in Cuba,” he alluded.