Sicily Requests Healthcare Workers From Cuba as Italy Fights COVID-19 Second Wave

Officials from Sicily have asked the Cuban government to send 60 doctors and nurses to understaffed hospitals in the Italian island amid the COVID-19 second wave.

Officials from Sicily have asked the Cuban government to send 60 doctors and nurses to understaffed hospitals in the Italian island amid the COVID-19 second wave.

Sicilian officials sent the request this week to the Italian embassy in Cuba asking for groups of anesthetists, pulmonologists, intensive care nurses, and infectious doctors, the Italian newspaper la Repubblica reported.

“The Cuban government has teams of doctors and nurses who are willing to move. And we asked for their help. We know that other regions have done it too. We hope to have arrived first,” Sicilian COVID-19 Emergency Commissioner Renato Costa told la Repubblica, adding that he was in close contact with the embassy.

From March to April, Cuba sent medical teams to some regions in Italy that were hit the hardest by the pandemic, as well as to other countries, to help them fight against the virus.

La Repubblica reported that Sicilian officials will also send a similar request to the Chinese government.

The Italian government has placed Sicily in the orange zone since Nov. 6 mainly due to its insufficient health facilities and beds in intensive care units.

According to the COVID-19 case count by the New York Times, Sicily has recorded 57,000 cases with a daily average of 1,570 cases in the last seven days as of Nov. 25.


© Fourth Estate® — All Rights Reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.