The Cuban medical experts arrived in KZN on Monday, with them in KZN Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane Zulu Picture:Supplied
The Cuban medical experts arrived in KZN on Monday, with them in KZN Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane Zulu Picture:Supplied

Cuban doctors and medical train adds muscle to KZN's fight against Covid-19

By Se-Anne Rall Time of article published May 18, 2020

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Durban - The arrival of a delegation of 28 Cuban medical experts and the launch of the Transnet-Phelophepa healthcare train is expected to boost KwaZulu-Natal's fight against Covid-19. 

The province plans to join other parts of the country in the move from Level 4 to Level 3 of the national lockdown at the end of the month. 

On Monday, 28 Cuban medical specialists arrived in KZN ready to work alongside doctors and nurses in KZN. 

The medical brigade, made up of 217 experts in the fields of epidemiology, biostatistics, and public health; family physicians to guide interventions through door-to-door testing and to assist local health workers in health promotion and disease surveillance at the community level; healthcare technology engineers to assist in maintaining the inventory, deployment and repair of aged medical equipment; and experts to provide technical assistance working with local experts, arrived in South Africa last month and have spent 14 days in quarantine before they were deployed. 

According to the latest numbers from the Department of Health, there were 1 543 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in KZN. 

KZN also has 45 Covid-19 related deaths and 817 recoveries, so far.

Transnet-Phelophepa healthcare train

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On Tuesday, KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala, is expected to officially launch the Transnet-Phelophepa healthcare train clinic in Phoenix, north of Durban.

The Transnet-Phelophepa healthcare train has been converted into a mobile clinic which has numerous consulting rooms that are spacious enough to accommodate a patient, an escort, a nurse and a clinical supervisor.

Phelophepa is a SeSotho and TshiVenda word meaning 'good, clean health.' The Phelophepa healthcare trains will make quality medical care accessible to rural communities in KZN.

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