More Cuban doctors sent to Kenya to handle COVID-19 pandemic

Cuban Doctor
Dr Dainelis Ortega, examining a patient at Runyenjes Hospital . [Photo: Nation]

Kenya will get an additional 20 specialist doctors from Cuba in a bid to help the country deal with COVID-19 pandemic.

The new team is expected to arrive in Nairobi on Friday.

They are part of the prestigious Henry Reeve Medical Brigade constituted by the late Fidel Castro in 2005 whose main task is to handle emergencies and pandemics of national scale.

Kenyan Ambassador to Cuba said that Kenya will only cater for their transport and accommodation.

“The team is on its way to Kenya,” the Kenyan ambassador to Cuba, Anthony Muchiri, told the Nation.

“This humanitarian mission which, save for the transport and accommodation costs, is normally at no-cost to the recipient country, is in the spirit of the existing strong bilateral relations between the two countries,” he said.

They join a team of 100 Cuban doctors who have already been in the country since 2018 as part of medical diplomacy. Besides Kenya, they are also in some other parts of the world.

Over the last four months, Cuban doctors have been working in different European Countries which have been hit hard by the pandemic.

Upon the lapse of their contracts while working in Kenya, the government renewed the deal without much ado.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe in a letter last month asked governors through the Council of Governors (CoG) led by Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya to pay for their transport and accommodation expenses.

The national government will, in turn, pay their salaries as agreed in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) entered in 2018.