Cuban Medical Brigade Strengthens Emergency Services at Sir Lester Bird Medical Center in Antigua and Barbuda

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In a significant development aimed at enhancing healthcare services, the Cuban Medical Brigade has arrived in Antigua and Barbuda, focusing on bolstering capacity at the Sir Lester Bird Medical Center (SLBMC), particularly within the Emergency Room (ER). Comprised of skilled doctors and nurses, this brigade represents a pivotal step in elevating the nation’s healthcare infrastructure.

Led by Health Minister Sir Molwyn Joseph and Cuban Ambassador H.E. Sergio Manuel Martinez Gonzalez, the reception at the V C Bird International Airport celebrated not only assistance but also a profound endeavor in capacity building. Minister Joseph emphasized, “The arrival of the Cuban Medical Brigade marks a transformative moment for the SLBMC. With their expertise, we aim to bolster emergency services, ensuring swift and efficient care for our citizens.”

Ambassador Gonzalez echoed this sentiment, highlighting Cuba’s dedication to supporting Antigua and Barbuda in healthcare capacity building. “Our collaboration extends beyond immediate assistance; it’s about empowering local healthcare professionals and institutions,” stated the Ambassador.

Ten healthcare professionals arrived on Saturday, with an additional four members expected to arrive on Thursday of this week, further reinforcing healthcare efforts in Antigua and Barbuda.

In conjunction with the Cuban Medical Brigade, the government of Antigua and Barbuda plans to recruit specialist nurses and doctors from various sources to further augment healthcare services until local physicians, currently in training, assume their roles. Additionally, the government continues to extend invitations to aspiring students to pursue careers in nursing, offering nursing scholarships to facilitate education and bolster the healthcare workforce.

The Ministry of Health and the SLBMC expressed profound gratitude to the Cuban government and people for their unwavering support. Beyond immediate aid, Cuba’s contribution extends to long-term capacity building, shaping a brighter future for healthcare in Antigua and Barbuda.

This concerted effort underscores the significance of international cooperation in addressing healthcare challenges and nurturing local talent. With the combined efforts of the Cuban Medical Brigade, specialist recruits, and aspiring healthcare professionals, Antigua and Barbuda strides closer towards a robust and resilient healthcare system.

This development comes on the heels of the successful expansion of the waiting area of the emergency room and the complete refurbishment of the emergency theater. Sir Molwyn vows to continue the process of upgrading the staff complement of both the hospital and community clinics, as well as ensuring a full complement of doctors, nurses, and other health professionals to meet the demand level of health services by the public.



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