One hundred and sixty-two Cuban doctors landed on Sunday, April 11, 2021, in Gabon. Their mission is to strengthen the medical supply and eradicate «medical deserts», announces a statement from the Gabonese Ministry of Health.
On Sunday 11 April 2021, Libreville welcomed a contingent of 162 Cuban doctors. Their mission will be to strengthen the medical supply and eradicate medical deserts. “They will be deployed throughout the country, in all hospitals, for a renewable two-year period,” Lionel Ndong Eyeghe, Communications Advisor to the Minister of Health, told AFP. The goal is to eradicate medical deserts,” he said.
The delegation arrived on Sunday with 53 general practitioners, 52 specialists, 50 specialized nurses and 7 radiologist and biomedical engineers, whose salaries will be paid by the Gabonese state. Their mission is part of the operationalization of the regions and health department, in accordance with the requirements of the Plan for Acceleration of Transformation (PAT) promoted by Gabonese President Ali Bongo.
«We strengthen CHU as specialists” Minister of Health
“This major health and medical action is part of the implementation of the Accelerating Transformation Plan. They are doctors who come to strengthen the existing medical device in our country. We will strengthen CHU as specialists, but also remote health departments with mobile medicine,” said Health Minister Guy Patrick Obiang Ndong, upon their arrival.
In June 2017, President Gabon Ali Bongo Ondimba and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro signed a cooperation agreement. Cuban medical missions abroad have also become one of the main sources of revenue for the Government of the Caribbean Island through the dispatch of thousands of caregivers to dozens of countries.
This announcement comes as Gabon faces a further increase in its Covid-19 contamination rate, which is putting the hospital system on a power-up footing. “With these Cuban doctors, we will strengthen the CHU into specialist doctors and remote departments,” said Health Minister Guy Patrick Obiang. “
Source : Afrique/7