Details of Kenya-Cuba Doctors' Deal Revealed

Ever since the Henry Reeve Medical Brigade was constituted by late President Fidel Castro in 2005 to deal with emergencies and serious epidemics, Cuba has sent thousands of its members abroad as part of its medical diplomacy - or what is known as the "white coat army". Members are trained in medicine and infectious disease containment and were deployed to more than 27 countries, including Kenya. A deal that was signed between Kenya and Cuba reportedly commits Kenyans to pay about U.S.$9,000 every month for each of the 100 doctors. This is equivalent to the pay of five Kenyan medical officers. One of the reasons given for the figure was that Cuban doctors were coming to solve the chronic shortage of medics. A report has indicated that 83% of the medical superintendents were "very satisfied with the skills of the specialist deployed to their county" but the biggest challenge is communication barriers.


Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe addresses some of the 20 Cuban doctors stationed at the Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral and Research Hospital during the launch of the hospital’s Infectious Disease Unit (IDU) and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on August 5.

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