Cuba’s Ambassador to Jamaica, Her Excellency Inés Fors Fernández, says her Government is happy to provide support to Jamaica in combatting the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

A total of 140 healthcare professionals, including 90 specialist nurses, arrived in the island on March 21 to bolster the country’s front-line staff.

They are among 434 Cuban healthcare personnel currently in Jamaica under a Technical Cooperation Agreement on health between the countries.

“The pandemic knows no border or ideologies, so that’s why our Cuban health professionals are working here. So when Jamaica called us we said ‘yes, we will be there’,” Ambassador Fernández shared.

She noted that the health professionals, who are under quarantine for 14 days, have been familiarising themselves with Jamaica’s public health protocols.

All persons who enter the island from countries where there is a local transmission of the COVID-19 are required to immediately self-quarantine for 14 days.

Ambassador Fernández said that the professionals are also learning about Jamaica’s culture and history via the Internet, and have also been sharpening their knowledge of the English language, having received a donation of Spanish to English dictionaries.

 “I think after these 14 days they will be much more knowledgeable about what they have to do,” she said.

Ambassador Fernández shared that the Embassy has received an outpouring of support from Jamaicans through thank-you cards and messages.

 “It has been amazing. We are not only good neighbours but we are like a family, but what I have seen these days, it has been amazing. The Jamaican people have been sending me a lot of messages saying, ‘thank you Cuba. Cuba we love you, thanks for your support’. It is amazing,” she said.