NAIROBI– Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has concluded his historic State visit to the Caribbean nation of Cuba which had focused on health, trade and heritage.
President Kenyatta departed Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport here aboard a commercial aircraft early Sunday Kenya time after putting back on track a wide-ranging health co-operationagreement signed earlier but never implemented. There were also agreements reached in sports and agriculture.
Kenya will recruit 100 medical specialists from Cuba with each of the country’s 47 counties getting at least two and also send 50 Kenyan doctors to Cuba for specialist training.
Cuban sports coaches will also help train Kenya’s boxing team, while Kenyan long distance running coaches will become part of the set-up the other way.
The Council of Governors is supporting President Kenyatta’s agenda on health. Cuba has one of best health systems in the world and a good record in terms of human development statistics.
Raphael Tuju, a co-opted Cabinet minister without portfolio, said Kenyans could be able to achieve what Cuba has done by strengthening their unity in diversity and working together towards a common vision.
They have been very good in managing their diversity, they have the blacks, they have the whites and those in between but they have been able to manage those divides, said Tuju.
The sum total of the agreements agreed upon between the two countries, is that Cuban experts will come into Kenya within the next few weeks, and working hand-in-hand with their Kenyan counterparts, will roll out a range of medical interventions that will radically change how the country manages a large number of life-threatening diseases.
President Kenyatta also unveiled a bust of founding President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta erected at the Heroes Square in Havana in a rare honour by a foreign government for African freedom fighters.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK