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Uhuru to pursue health deals in three-day Cuba trip

President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday left the country for a three-day State visit to Cuba, State House Spokesman Manoah Esipisu has said.

In a statement, Esipisu said the President’s visit is aimed at bolstering bilateral relations, especially deepening cooperation in health, sports, culture, blue economy and trade and cooperation in veterinary vaccines.

The President will explore how to build Kenyan capacity by increasing the number of medical specialists in orthopaedic surgery, oncology, neurology, and trauma management; and collaborate in research on cancer and diabetes drugs, and eradication of malaria.

“Mid last year, Kenya and Cuba signed an MoU on health cooperation. This is a great opportunity, for the two nations to expand the MoU implementation for the achievement of universal healthcare, an important deliverable in the President’s Big Four agenda,” he said.

Meanwhile, Egypt is seeking Kenya’s support for the chairmanship of the African Union (AU) after President Paul Kagame’s term comes to an end next year. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi sought Uhuru’s support in a special message delivered yesterday at State House, Nairobi by Egypt’s Foreign Affairs minister Sameh Shoukry, who is Sisi’s special envoy.

Egypt affirmed its commitment to deepen cooperation with Kenya on bilateral and regional issues as the two countries look to explore new areas to enhance their relations.

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