A group calling itself WE THE PEOPLE has called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to invite Cuban doctors to help Ghana in the fight against COVID-19.
The group said the Cuban Health Brigade has been instrumental in assisting several Latin American and Caribbean countries to quell the coronavirus in record time.
“Again, ever since they landed in Italy a couple of weeks ago to resounding cheers and clapping by crowds of Italians who had turned up to welcome them, the Cuban Health Brigade has assisted to considerably subdue the virulent and remorseless extermination of great numbers of our Italian brothers and sisters by the pandemic,” WE THE PEOPLE said in a letter to the President.
In this light, the group says the government of Ghana should consider an urgent need to put the formal expression or processes to the Cuban government to release Cuban doctors to assist Ghana.
“As Your Excellency may be aware, Cuba and Ghana have for several decades enjoyed a mutually beneficial level of fraternal relations which by global standards, is second to none. Under special mutual arrangements, thousands of Ghanaian youth continue to be trained and educated in Cuba, whilst medical officers of all categories of the now-famous Cuban Health brigade, have continued to professionally and readily offer their services – even in the most hostile areas of our country. Ghanaians are thus, ever so appreciative and grateful to the people and Government of Cuba.
“The opportune gesture, willingly made by the Cuban Ambassador to the AU to assist Ghana in her fight against the pandemic, opens a comforting vista of winsome diplomatic relations for our two sisterly countries. This, Your Excellency, we cannot afford to overlook in these uncertain times of global distress and affliction.
“Your Excellency, in consideration of the overwhelming national and universal anxieties that the threat of the COVID pandemic poses, we write to you with great anticipation towards the realisation of the above initiative. We implore you, on behalf of the people of this dear country of ours, to urgently consider the exigent overture made by the Cuban Ambassador to the AU before we lose this inestimable opportunity,” the letter stated.
Ghana has, as of 6 April 2020, recorded 287 COVID-19 cases with five deaths.