Ghana, Cuba in medical services deal
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Jorge F. Lefebre Nicolas, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
of the Republic of Cuba, has signed medical and academic services
agreement with the Ministry of Health as a way of supporting quality
health delivery system in the country.
The agreement would also aid Ghanaian doctors to receive specialist
assistance from their counterpart Cuban trained doctors to relieve them
of the many patients they had to attend to in their consulting rooms
since they are few.
The agreement was signed on Tuesday in Accra.
Mr Jorge Lefebre indicated that the move was a step forward for the two
countries since their relationship with Ghana had existed for over
twenty years during the PNDC regime and had since been supporting the
country in delivering quality health system.
He noted that the Ghanaian hospitality and efforts in health care
delivery to her citizens was commendable and that had gingered them to
renew their agreement with the Ministry to provide more doctors to work,
especially in the rural areas.
Madam Sherry Ayittey, Minister of Health, said the agreement was to
signify cooperation between the two countries because Cuba had been
supporting Ghana in various disciplines – in agriculture and medicine
for the past 20 years.
She said it would also serve as a renewal of commitment to close the gap
between doctors and patients, saying 250 doctors had already been sent
to Cuba this year to commence their training while 300 Cuban doctors
would be arriving in the country.
She pointed out that the Cuban doctors would be sent to Korle Bu and
Komfo Anokye hospitals and some rural areas as specialist doctors and
surgeons who would assist in treating neuro and cardiothoracic diseases.