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Cuban health specialists deployed in Lesotho

Nkaku Kabi

June 6, 2019 2 min read

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The Minister of Health Nkaku Kabi and the Ambassador of Cuba to Lesotho Rodolfo Benitez Verson yesterday signed two new bilateral cooperation agreements in the field of health, ushering in 33 Cuban health professionals and highly qualified specialists.

The agreements which will remain in effect for the next three years with the possibility of an automatic extension of a similar period through the Cuban Medical Brigade in Lesotho will see the 33 Cuban doctors joining four others already deployed to Lesotho to provide health services with recognition of the authorities and local population. During the signing ceremony, Kabi said when he was in Cuba last year in April, he asked the Cuban Government for doctors and health specialists to come and work in Lesotho. That request he said led to the signing of the agreements today almost 13 months down the line. He applauded the Cuban nationals for their spirit and expertise devoted to Lesotho, expressing his wish for Basotho to follow suit.

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For his part, Verson said the ceremony comes amid the context of the celebration of the Lesotho-Cuba 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between both countries. He said since 1979, bilateral relations between Cuba and Lesotho have been expanded and strengthened continuously, based on friendship, cooperation as well as solidarity. He said Cuba and Lesotho initiated the health cooperation programme in 2002, adding that a number of Basotho doctors have undergone medical training in Cuba as a result.

He said other Basotho nationals have undergone training in Cuba in fields such as veterinary medicine, mining, economics, accounting, hydraulic engineering, tele-communications and civil construction among others. “Both countries maintain systematic high-level political exchange and will continue working together on the expansion of bilateral projects to cover other areas of mutual interest,” he also said.
The Cuban doctors and health specialists are expected to arrive in Lesotho by the end of June to start offering their medical knowhow. Lena

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