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12 Cuban health workers assigned to SERHA

Published:Thursday | November 20, 2014 | 12:31 PM

The Health Ministry says 12 of the 30 Cuban health workers, who arrived in the island this week, have been assigned to the South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA).

The team of eight doctors and four specialist nurses will be deployed to health facilities in St Thomas, Kingston and St Andrew.

SERHA Board Chairman, Dr Andrei Cooke, sought to justify the assignment of almost half the medical doctors to the region, noting that SERHA provides health care services to approximately half of Jamaica’s population.

He says the team will provide services in specialty areas such as pathology, dentistry, primary care, oncology, neonatology and mental health.

Cooke said the health workers have begun a three-day orientation.

The Cuban health workers are in Jamaica as part of the existing Human Resource agreement between the Government of Jamaica and Cuba.

They are also to help in Jamaica's Ebola preparation and response.

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