By Samuel Ouma [caption id="attachment_95086" align="alignnone" width="675"] Health CS Mutahi Kagwe and Cuban ambassador to Kenya, Juan Manuel Rodriguez, resolved to expand further diplomatic engagement in the health sector for the benefit of the two nations on March 22, 2022.
Image: MOH[/caption] Kenya and Cuba have pledged to enhance cooperation in the health sector. Kenya’s Health Cabinet Secretary and Cuba ambassador to Kenya Juan Manuel Rodriguez said the engagement will benefit the two nations. The two leaders spoke during a meeting held in Nairobi on Tuesday, March 22, 2022. CS Kagwe said the health agreement signed by the two countries in 2017, that actualized an exchange programme where Cuban doctors came into the country to help fill gaps in county hospitals while Kenyan doctors were sent to Cuba for specialised training, has proved a success. “We now need to send more healthcare workers from Kenya to Cuba for specialised training. We are also looking to have Kenyan medics get attached in Cuban facilities especially in the areas of cancer and Malaria control,” said the CS. On his part, Cuban ambassador said his government is committed to the full implementation of the bilateral agreements adding that Cuba remains ready to help Kenya train its human capital on available technologies. “We look forward to the implementation of our agreements. Our priority is to complete the programs we began,” said ambassador Rodriguez. According to Kagwe, the ongoing collaboration should be extended to the field of research, vaccines and pharmaceutical products to further enhance Kenya’s capacity to deal with emerging health challenges. “With Biovax we now have capacity to engage. We also have Moderna beginning to manufacture for the continent from Kenya. AstraZeneCa of India is also looking at using Kenya as a manufacturing base for the region. We are now ready to discuss local manufacturing,” noted Kagwe.