Cuban doctors land in KZN to help in fight against COVID-19

Cuban doctors land in KZN to help in fight against COVID-19

KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC, Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu says there will be one Cuban doctor allocated to each district in the province with the exception of iLembe, eThekwini and uMgungundlovu who have a higher infection rate.

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She and the Premier today welcomed 28 Cuban doctors - who've been deployed to the province to help tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.


The group is part of a group of 200 doctors who arrived in the country a few weeks ago.

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Simelane-Zulu says the doctors will help in a number of ways.

"That particular doctor or family physician will be posted by a hospital. That physician will be there in the interest of the whole district. As and when there are challenges in the districts, they will be assisting," she said.

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"The Cuban way of providing health services is through primary healthcare which means our doctors will also be going to primary healthcare facilities and working with the teams that are visiting households," Simelane-Zulu said.


She says iLembe,eThekwini and uMgungundlovu will have more than one doctor.

"In uMgungundlovu, we will have two, in eThekwini and iLembe, we will have about three so we are able to utilise the physicians where we need them. They will focus on primary healthcare and that is where we need them. We also have two epidemiologists that are on the team, one will be based in the war room of the health department," she said.


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