Donation of Caribbean islands to Cuba to face coronavirus crisis

A load of three and a half tons of medical supplies to meet the coronavirus, sent by Barbados, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, arrived in Havana this Friday.

Among the materials received are antibiotics, digital thermometers, personal protective suits, as well as surgical masks and disinfectants, among other medicines and supplies, according to Cuban Television.

The shipment arrived in Cuba through the air bridge of the Bank of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-Peoples’ Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP), in a plane of the Venezuelan Consortium of Aeronautical Industries and Air Services (CONVIASA) .

“Thanks to the solidarity of Barbados, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, 3,500 kilograms of medical supplies will be sent to the brotherly people of Cuba,” the bank highlighted on its official Twitter account.

The arrival of medical supplies to Cuba was also celebrated on Twitter by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, who indicated that “the gesture confirms the brotherhood between our nations.”

The minister of Justice, Oscar Manuel Silveira and MINREC officials attended the event at the “José Martí” International Airport.

During the reception, the ambassador of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in Cuba, Ellsworth IA John, alluded to the presence of Cuban specialists in complex circumstances and the help provided to his country for the construction of the Argyle International Airport.

This donation is in addition to the three tons of medical material sent on September 5 by the White Helmets Commission of the Foreign Ministry of Argentina, the body in charge of designing and executing humanitarian assistance abroad, and solidarity groups with Cuba from that country. .

During the last weeks, donations from Russia, Mexico, Italy, China, Canada, Bolivia, Nicaragua, among others, with food, supplies and medicines. Such donations are highlighted in all cases by the official press, contrary to those sent by Cuban citizens and platforms abroad whose political position does not obey government discourse.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) donated a medicinal oxygen generating plant to Cuba, with a capacity of 50 cubic meters per hour that was installed in the “Carlos J. Finlay” Military Hospital in Havana, for the coverage of this resource to patients in the midst of the health crisis on the island due to the coronavirus.

In July the government affirmed that it received donations to face the coronavirus from “sincere and well-interested” international cooperation through its accounts of the Ministry of Foreign Trade (MINCEX).

The epidemiological situation on the island still complex. The Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) reported this Friday 84 deaths from COVID-19 and 8,394 new cases of coronavirus diagnosed, five deaths less than the previous day, but 647 more infections.

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