KZN Premier Welcomes Cuban Medics


The premier of KwaZulu-Natal has called on the people of the province to show “great hospitality” to the Cuban doctors deployed in the province to help fight the Coronavirus.  “We call on all the people of KwaZulu-Natal to show the great hospitality that they are known for.  And we call on them once more to know that without their co-operation and discipline, we will not overcome this enemy,” he said.  Zikalala was speaking outside Pietermaritzburg, in Hilton, where he welcomed the Cuban medical team.  The medics are part of group of over 200 Cubans who arrived in SA to fight the coronavirus.  Zikalala said they would be deployed through the whole province. 

“We know that whether you are working in a hut in rural Msinga or a clinic in an informal settlement or at Pixley ka Isaka Seme Hospital, that in every corner of our province you will feel at home.  We know that in all the patients you will treat, or people you will test, you will see yourselves in them, you will see their hopes and dreams.  We know that your reward and fulfilment will be to save as many lives as possible. South Africa and our province cannot repay your efforts and sacrifices.  We can only express our sincere gratitude for choosing to join our people in this fight against a virus that seeks to undermine all the gains we have achieved together over many decades,” Zikalala said.  He continued saying that South Africa would help Cuba in its battle for fair trade. 

“We must also say, the world must be different after Covid-19.  Together we must fight for quality universal health care, for the reform of the UN security Council, and for fair trade, including the end of the embargo against Cuba.” 

The SACP applauded the government for bringing the Cuban Medical Team to South Africa.  “We believe that working with these Cuban doctors, our provincial government will not only allocate them districts and localities where they will be deployed, but they will also form a critical resource and advice to to the provincial coronavirus command centre, which will allow the critical voices to add value in our fight against the pandemic.  We support the Cuba-South Africa relations against the onslaught and interference of the US, undermining Cuban right to self-determination. We applaud the government for continuing to strengthen the long-established ties between our people.  We welcome the Cuban doctors and know our communities will embrace them as they have for decades all over KwaZulu-Natal and the country at large,” said Sifiso Gala, the SACP provincial spokesperson. 

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