JOHANNESBURG - The Eastern Cape government has welcomed Cuban doctors to East London.
The group of 20 includes physicians, specialists and biostatisticians, among others.
The doctors will be helping the province in the fight against COVID-19.
Premier Oscar Mabuyane says the Cuban doctors have come at a crucial time for the province.
The Eastern Cape has more than 1,800 coronavirus infections and there have been 32 deaths.
Mabuyane says South African doctors, who are unemployed or just out of university, should come forward and report for duty.
The premier has also voiced his displeasure at US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo's recent criticism of South Africa allowing Cuba to send help.
Mabuyane has stressed that Cuba's assistance is greatly appreciated.
The Cuban doctors say they're ready to roll up their sleeves and join forces with their South African counterparts.
The doctors will be assigned throughout the Eastern Cape to work with local doctors already in the field.
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