Cuba to Send Doctors to Sierra Leone
HAVANA, Cuba, May 4 (acn) Cuba will send a medical brigade to Sierra
Leone as a part of recently signed cooperation program funded by the
government of South Africa.
Cuban News Agency
South African International Relations and Cooperation minister Maite
Nkoana-Mashabane, and Sierra Leone's Foreign Affairs minister Zainab
Bangura, signed a memorandum of Understanding through which South Africa
committed to provide three million US dollars over a three year period
for the deployment of a Cuban medical brigade in Sierra Leone.
According to the Cuban embassy to South Africa, Sierra Leone's foreign
minister said the signing of the document is a long-awaited culmination
of a process that started three years ago. She said the South-South
project comes as much needed support because of the dramatic shortage of
skilled medical personnel in her country.
The minister added that on last week of April her government announced
the immediate implementation of a program providing free medical care to
pregnant women, those who have just given birth and children under five,
with the support of Cuban doctors."