A member of the Cuban medical brigade has died in Dominica.
This was confirmed by Minister of Health Dr Irving McIntyre during a press briefing on Wednesday (May. 6).
He said the 42-year-old man was one of 35 doctors and nurses who arrived in Dominica on March 29, to aid in the fight against COVID-19.
The Minister said the man who was scheduled to begin work at the Accident and Emergency Department this week, collapsed and died on Tuesday night.
“He completed two weeks, that’s 14 days of quarantine at the hospital in Portsmouth after which he was assigned to the COVID-19 Isolation Unit at the Princess Margaret hospital where he worked from the 16 to the 20 of April. After completing his work schedule he again did another two weeks quarantine which is the normal protocol; two weeks after you’ve worked at a quarantine facility and that he completed. He was due to begin work again yesterday when he suddenly collapsed. He was to begin work at the Accident and Emergency Department, so it was a very sad day for the Cuban Brigade and for Dominica,” he said.
The cause of death is not yet known.
The members of the Cuban Brigade have been stationed at the Princess Margaret Hospital, the hospital in Portsmouth and quarantine centres throughout the island, since they arrived in Dominica.
Minister McIntyre said they have joined forces with the 52 members of the brigade of permanent collaborators that form a group of 87 health professionals who have been working alongside Dominica’s healthcare personnel to treat the cases of COVID-19 on the island.
To date Dominica has recorded 16 cases of the coronavirus and no related deaths.