PICTURE: Cuban Doctors during the previous deployment to Liberia (Courtesy Photo)
MARSABIT, Kenya, Jun 6 –Marsabit County is set to receive two doctors among the first batch of Cuban doctors contracted to work in Kenya to offer a wide range of medical services arrived Tuesday night.
According to the ministry of health, the team of 50 doctors has arrived in the country and the second team is expected Thursday thereafter induction for the doctors set to take place at the end of next week before they are posted to their respective stations.
Speaking during Madaraka celebration on Friday Marsabit County Boss Mohamud Ali said that Marsabit county government has invested in the health sector and with coming of the foreign doctors’ health services will improve tremendously.
“For the first time in history Marsabit County Referral Hospital received a patient referred from Isiolo County and she was treated by a qualified doctor and after a week the woman went back home smiling, Tumeona Maajabu Marsabit, Devolution now is a reality,” Said Governor Ali.
The team of Cuban of doctors focus is to enhance accessibility to specialized medical care for diabetes, renal care, cardiovascular care and family medicine in 47 counties and also utilize their expertise in achieving as one way to universal healthcare.
The move to bring the experts was agreed on in March this year by President Uhuru Kenyatta in a bilateral agreement with the Cuba Government which allowed specialist doctors to work in Kenya.
The visit was followed with Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki signing a contract with the Cuban Government to bring 100 specialized doctors in a country a deal that will also see 50 Kenyan doctors travel to Cuba to receive specialized training.