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Friday, August 5, 2011

Cuba extends cooperation agreement with Jamaica

Cuba Jamaica Eye Care Center, Kingston
Jamaican officials with the Ministry of Health are very busy interviewing nurses in Cuba from various specialties as part of the recruitment effort to replace the existing Cuban professionals assisting in their field.  As part of the extended cooperation agreement between Cuba and Jamaica, 114 new nurses will arrive soon to offer their service in primary and secondary healthcare centers in this Caribbean nation.

Rudyard Spencer, Jamaican Minister of Health
“These nurses will work in Jamaica for one year, out of a two-year agreement” told the Jamaica Observer Rudyard Spencer, Minister of Health. “Another team of ministry officials will be travelling to Cuba at the end of August to interview physicians. These would essentially complete the process of getting replacement for the new persons for the first year of the new contact”, the Minister added.

The Agreement was signed in 2009
The Cuba Jamaica Technical Cooperation Agreement dates from 2009, but cooperation between the two countries go as back as 1990, when bilateral diplomatic relations were re-established. Under the current Agreement, five Jamaican students were awarded scholarships to study medicine at universities in Cuba, while 250 of their compatriots are already studying in the island at no cost to them or their government. Within these cooperation ties between the two Caribbean islands, the Jamaica-Cuba Eye Care Center has performed over 1,900 surgeries and 60 000 Jamaicans have received free eye care.

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