32 new Cuban doctors join local healthcare system

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A section of the Cuban Doctors at the gathering
A section of the Cuban Doctors at the gathering

[www.inewsguyana.com] – Thirty two new members of the Cuban Medical Brigade were oriented on their posts in health care facilities countrywide, yesterday, Wednesday December 10.

At the orientation ceremony which was held at the Regency Hotel, Hadfield Street, Minister of Health Dr. Bheri Ramsaran welcomed the medical practitioners and highlighted the fact that Guyana shares an old relationship with Cuba, which was further strengthened in 2006 when a team from Guyana headed by Former President Bharrat Jagdeo visited the country.

Following discussions, Guyana was given the largest assistance from Cuba in the area of medicine with hundreds of scholarships. He noted that the largest concentration of Cuban doctors has over the years been based at the diagnostic centres and the Ophthalmology Hospital.

However, these individuals are now deployed countrywide especially in the Hinterland areas.

He also noted that the stipend is small but constraints have to be taken into consideration as the Ministry is working on increasing it.

Cuban Ambassador, Julio Gonzalez Marchante also shared the sentiments of the Minister in highlighting that the countries share a deep relationship.

Ambassador Marchante, also lauded the country’s approach to dealing with the Chikungunya virus outbreak, as he highlighted to the doctors, examples of the Ministry’s work.

Dr Midalys Otero Hernandez, Director of Cuban Medical Brigade noted that Guyana has 170 doctors from Cuba who are based in many areas in six of the country’s 10 administrative regions. She added that the relationship the two countries share has been longstanding and offered that it will continue for even a longer period. [Extracted and modified from GINA]

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