Cuban docs in to assist

Mr. Alex Segbefia(fifth from left), in pose with the Cuban Doctors.Twenty-two Cuban doctors have arrived in Ghana to help enhance health delivery in the North, Upper West, Upper East, Greater Accra and Eastern regions.

The doctors, who  include 12 men and 10 women, would work for two years under the Ghana- Cuba government exchange of medical doctors’ programme.

The doctors, mostly surgeons, pediatrics, pathologists and intensive care unit specialists, would also embark on research and proffer suggestions to the Ghana Health Service towards the improvement of health delivery.

Speaking at a two-day orientation for the doctors in Accra yesterday, Mr. Alex Segbefia, the Minister of Health, urged them to give off their best to improve quality health delivery in Ghana.

He  touted the relationship between Ghana and Cuba and said the strides made by Cuba in medicine was worthy of emulation.

Mr. Segbefia asked the Cuban medical professionals to impart knowledge to Ghanaian medical students at the University for Development Studies, in the northern region, where some of them would be working.

He entreated the doctors to enjoy the Ghanaian hospitality but cautioned them to stay off politics and focus on promoting quality health services.

Mr. Pedro Luiz Despaigne Gonzalez, Cuban Ambassador to Ghana, said Cubans were hardworking and urged the doctors to treat their patients with dignity.

He described the relationship between Cuba and Ghana as reciprocal, adding that there are currently about 200 Ghanaian students studying medicine in Cuba medical universities and about 2,000 studying physical sciences.

Dr. Abass Adam, the Director of Medical Affairs at the Tamale Teaching Hospital  thanked the government for reinstating the exchange programme, which stopped for one and half years.

He said the Tamale Teaching Hospital needed specialists to cater for about six million people in Ghana and others from neighbouring countries.


By Malik Sullemana     




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