First batch of 50 Cuban doctors arrive in the country,others expected before end of the week

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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,6TH JUNE,2018-The first  50  Cuban doctors hired  by the government to  work in Kenya  for the next two years arrived Tuesday night at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

“The Council of Governors are fully conversant with what is going and when it comes to delivery of universal healthcare, you can have no better example than Cuba,” Nyong’o said.

Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki stated that the Government is currently addressing the human resources challenges that have bedevilled the sector for a long time, even as union officials opposed the recruitment of foreign doctors.

Kariuki stated that at present, the country does not have enough specialists as per the norms and standards that are set.

“To bridge this gap and also to aid in skills transfer and service delivery, medical specialists from Cuba will have an exchange programme with their Kenyan counterparts under the Kenya-Cuba Health Cooperation framework,” she said.

She pointed out that the collaboration follows the successful State Visit to Cuba by President Uhuru Kentyatta in March this year which cemented the strong relations between Kenya and Cuba, particularly in the Health Sector. “The collaboration is also part of the Government’s foreign policy approach to strengthening south-south collaboration.”

She also  said that as the Kenyan Government embarks on implementing the ‘Big Four’ in the context of limited resources, the Cuban model provides lessons and appropriate innovations to achieve the above priorities.

The Ministry of Health says the second team of 50 others  is expected Thursday with the induction for the doctors set to take place at the end of next week before they are posted to their respective stations.

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