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Fri Jun 26, 2020, 02:57 AM

PNP 'Gravely Concerned' About Gov't Silence As US Takes Aim At Cuba

PNP ‘Gravely Concerned’ About Gov’t Silence As US Takes Aim At Cuba - Party Wants Administration To Issue Statement Condemning Bill Targeting Medical Missions

Published:Friday | June 26, 2020 | 12:14 AM

The People’s National Party said it is “gravely concerned” that the Government has not yet made a statement on the attempt by the United States to introduce legislation targeting countries that hire Cuban healthcare workers through medical missions.

For decades, the health capacities in Jamaica and other Caribbean countries have been bolstered by Cuban professionals.

Republican Senator Rick Scott led the introduction of the Cut Profits to the Cuban Regime Act last Wednesday in the US Senate.

The bill will seek to classify the humanitarian engagements by Cuba as a form of human trafficking and has the potential to be a factor when ranking countries in its annual Trafficking in Persons report.

“The Cuban people have always stood with the people of Jamaica in challenging times, from the 1970s through to today’s COVID-19 pandemic crisis, when over 140 medical professionals arrived from Cuba to bolster our country’s response to the outbreak of COVID-19,” said Opposition Spokesman on Health Dr Morais Guy.


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