Cuba promises Kenya further support in research and pharmacy


Kenya and Cuba have committed to improving bilateral relations in research, vaccines and pharmaceuticals in order to implement further reforms in the health sector.

In a meeting with Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe on Tuesday, Ernesto Gómez Díaz, the outgoing Cuban ambassador to Kenya, said his country was committed to providing technical assistance to Kenya, as evidenced by the presence of Cuban medical specialists in the country who are part of a medical exchange program between the two nations.

“We already have 53 doctors in the country, and another 15 are expected shortly. Our doctors enjoy working in Kenya, ”said Diaz.

The 53 are part of 101 medical specialists who are expected at the request of the district administrations in the country. The new cooperation agreement was signed between Kenya and Cuba in June this year during a health CS visit to Cuba.

According to Kagwe, the government is looking for increased cooperation, including partnerships between Kenyan institutions such as KEMRI and their Cuban counterparts to fill existing knowledge gaps through medical research.

“The relationship between our two countries can only be improved and deepened because we have an institutional framework that goes beyond individual commitment. After seeing the management of Cuba, we have a lot to share and learn from each other. ”Watch the Health CS.

Citing its recent visit to the Caribbean, the CS said Kenya had learned important lessons from Cuba’s very successful model of primary health care.

“During my visit to Cuba, we talked about the training and exchange of nurses. During my training, I was impressed with a medical administration program. We find the hospital management course unique. We want to start getting involved immediately, ”said the CS.

And as Cuba’s Abdalla and Soberana vaccines await regulatory approval from the World Health Organization for use in treating Covid-19, Kagwe said Kenya is considering an improved company to build its own human vaccine manufacturing facility with the construction of a filling and Finished system almost finished.

At the same time, the Kenyan health authority reaffirmed its commitment to the safe release of Cuban doctors kidnapped by suspected Alshabaab militants.

Diaz congratulated Kenya following a decision by the UK government to remove it from the red list to make it easier for citizens to travel between the two countries, and said the move will help boost the tourism sector in Kenya, which has been hard hit by the corona crisis crank virus pandemic.

The Kenyan government began implementing a health agreement signed with Cuba in 2017, which aims to expand Kenya’s capacities in specialized medical fields.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the Ministry of Health, Kenya.

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