Cuba sends doctors to  rescue Zimbabwe

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By CHENGETO CHIDI/PETRONILLA MUKAMURI

Cuba will send doctors to assist Zimbabwe in addressing the shortage of medical doctors after a crippling strike which has been ongoing for more than 100 days.

Cuban ambassador to Zimbabwe, Carmelina Ramirez Rodriguez said her country will continue assisting the Zimbabwe health sector through bringing more doctors.
Speaking after paying a courtesy call on Acting President Kembo Mohadi at his Munhumutapa offices, the Cuban Ambassador said more Cuban doctors will be coming into the country.

“We are talking how to increase our corporation with Zimbabwe. We have have corporations in the health and education sector and we have out personell at the Bindura University. We  we have some professors and also our doctors all around the country,” she said.
This comes at a time the country has been hard hit by exodus of doctors with many of them flocking to Europe in search of greener pastures after government failed to address their concerns.
Several deaths were recorded with what observers described as a “soft genocide” and accusing government of negligence.
Local doctors embarked on a strike citing incapacitation.
The Cuban diplomat said the program will be done in commemorating the all-weather 40 year-old relationship between the two countries.
“This year we have 40 years of our relationship in April so we would like to have a program to commemorate this important event.”
So far, 57 Cuban doctors are in the country and morw are expected.

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