Caracas, Sep 10 (Prensa Latina) - Jamaica is conspicuously absent from the list of several Caribbean countries that sent a shipment of humanitarian aid to Cuba, arranged through Banco del Alba,which is attached to the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-Peoples' Trade Agreement (ALBA-TCP).
The shipment of medical supplies will arrive in Cuba through the air bridge activated between the financial institution and the Venezuelan Consortium of Aeronautical Industries and Air Services (Conviasa).
Barbados, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines send a 3,500kg solidarity shipment of medical supplies to Cuba🇨🇺 through a humanitarian air bridge made possible through Bank of ALBA on Venezuela's state airline, Conviasa. pic.twitter.com/yfh7nraQID— Kawsachun News (@KawsachunNews) September 10, 2021
'Thanks to the solidarity of Barbados, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; 3,500 kilograms of medical supplies will be sent to the brotherly people of Cuba, through the humanitarian airlift implemented by Banco del Alba and Conviasa,' the bank stressed on Twitter.
During the summit of heads of State and Government held on June 24 in Caracas, the ALBA-TCP countries ratified their commitment to strengthening cooperation mechanisms to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.
#Cuba | The Caribbean countries of Barbados, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines have gathered 3,500 kg of medical supplies to be sent to the largest country in the Caribbean, Cuba.https://t.co/ibivBtA8iZ— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) September 10, 2021
The Government of Jamaica is yet to assist Cuba with any needed medical supplies despite a decision by CARICOM to assist its largest Caribbean neighbour.
There are approximately four hundred Cuban medical professionals in Jamaica, including a contingent of the Henry Reeves Medical Brigade who have been working on the front line of Jamaica's COVID-19 pandemic since early last year. In addition, there are a number of Cuban teachers who have been recruited by Jamaica to assist in the educational system.
The Jamaica-Cuba Solidarity movement in early August sent a supply of fourteen boxes of medical supplies including syringes, needles and mask among other things which cannot otherwide get to Cuba because of the American blockade against that country.