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Kenyan doctors trained in Cuba to help Covid-19 fight

HEALTH & SCIENCEBy WINFREY OWINO | Tue,Apr 27 2021 13:29:38 EAT
By WINFREY OWINO | Tue,Apr 27 2021 13:29:38 EAT

 Cuban doctors attend to a patient at the Rift Valley Provincial General Hospital in Nakuru on November 3, 2019. [Mercy Kahenda, Standard]

48 Kenyan doctors sent to Cuba for further studies are back in the country, the Council of Governors (COG) says.

The CoG Chair of Health Committee Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o said that the doctors who are part of the Government’s International mechanisms to cushion the health sector will help in the fight against Covid-19.

Nyong’o added that the doctors who jetted back in the country after an exchange program will for the next nine months finalise their studies by offering services in county hospitals countrywide.

“We thank the Ministry of Health for supporting specialised training in the area of family health,” noted Prof Nyong’o.

The county bosses also called on Kenyans to observe the Covid-19 protocols and embrace the vaccination process currently underway.

“Getting vaccinated does not prevent you from further attacks, it just gives your body the strength to fight future attacks,” Nyong’o said.

 Council Of Governors Chair Martin Wambora and Chairman of CoG Health committee Prof Anyang' Nyong'o. [File, Standard]

In April 2018, the exchange program to bring 100 Cuban doctors to Kenya was finalised by then Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki.

The Kenyan doctors went to Cuba as part of a deal that saw Cuban specialists jet into Kenya to boost the capacity of local doctors, according to the Ministry of Health.

The deal brought to an end a journey that was marred with resistance, scandals and threats since last year when the plan was announced.

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