Kenya to source 100 special doctors from Cuba in deal

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President Uhuru Kenyatta concluded his historic State visit to Cuba yesterday after sealing several deals on health, trade and heritage. Among the deals, Kenya will bring in 100 medical specialists – with each county getting at least two — and dispatch 50 doctors to Cuba for specialised training.

President Uhuru departed Jose Marti International Airport aboard a commercial aircraft yesterday, after getting back on track a wide-ranging health agreements signed earlier but never implemented.

There were also quick wins in sports and agriculture. Cuban coaches will also come in to train Kenya’s boxing team, while Kenyan long distance running coaches will become part of the set-up the other way.

The Council of Governors is supporting President Uhuru’s Kenyatta’s agenda on health. The President’s entourage, Foreign CS Amb Dr Monica Juma, Sports CS Rashid Achesa, Health CAS Rashid Aman and senior adviser Ruth Kagia have been busy tidying up agreements “because the President wants to see a matrix of deliverables for this and every engagement.”

Governors Mohamud Mohamed Ali (Marsabit) and Anyang’ Nyong’o (Kisumu) said they have failed to hire especially specialists because they are reluctant to work in counties far away from Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu or Eldoret. Mohamed and Nyong’o said there is need to accelerate the programme so that expert medical care is brought within reach of ordinary Kenyans.

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