Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe on Monday, June 7, 2021, signed a new cooperation agreement with Cuban Minister of Public Health Dr. Jose Angel Portal Miranda that will see 101 specialist Cuban doctors travel to Kenya.
The initiative is part of a medical exchange programme between Kenya and Cuba.
CS Kagwe signed the deal while on a three-week visit to Cuba. The CS was in the Caribbean nation to enhance the partnership between the two country's while seeking to improve Kenya’s primary healthcare.
The visit will also see the CS pick lessons from Cuba on the country’s world-class primary health care delivery model, and its highly successful programme to combat malaria.
Kagwe's visit to Cuba comes at a time when the government is looking to improve and strengthen Kenya’s primary healthcare system as a catalyst to achieving universal healthcare.
The new batch of Cuban specialists will arrive in the country exactly three years after the first two batches of 150 doctors arrived in the country in June 2018.
The medical practitioners were equally distributed to all counties across the country, where they have been attached since.
MoH is expected to similarly assign the new batch of Cuban doctors upon their arrival.