Kenya’s health sector to gain from Cuba’s support

The Star | Thursday, 4 August 2016 | Click here for original article

Kenya and Cuba are set to establish a regular exchange program for health workers to boost the two countries’ health sectors.

President Uhuru Kenyatta said cooperation between the two countries would help improve his administration’s initiatives to provide quality and affordable healthcare services to Kenyans.

“Cuba has one of the best health models in the world. I believe there is a lot we can share on health,” Uhuru said.

The President was speaking today at State House, Nairobi, when he bade farewell to outgoing Cuban Ambassador Raul Rodriguez Ramos.

Uhuru said there was room for Kenya and Cuba to work together in promoting agriculture, education, tourism and sports for the benefit of the people of the two countries.

Ambassador Ramos said the two countries would also partner in the provision of cancer treatment.

“We can also work together in improving our pharmaceutical industries. There is a lot the two countries can learn from each other in this area,” he added.

He welcomed Kenya to establish an embassy in Havana, saying the diplomatic mission would serve as an essential point of contact for all Caribbean countries.

The Cuban envoy thanked Uhuru and the Government of Kenya for making his tour of duty successful.

Foreign Affairs CS Amina Mohamed said she would coordinate with her counterparts from the Ministries of Health, Agriculture, Education, Sports and Tourism to ensure that Kenya gains maximum benefit from its cooperation with Cuba.

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