Uhuru turns to communist Cuba for healthcare support
Kenya wants to partner with Cuba in the pharmaceutical sector, cancer prevention and control, medical engineering and training of medics
President Uhuru Kenya is expected to travel to Cuba later this year, as Kenya seeks to align its healthcare system to the Caribbean country’s.
Cuba’s health system has been recognised by the World Health Organisation as a model for developing countries such as Kenya.
Health CS Cleopa Mailu visited Havana last week. He met the country’s Minister of Public Health Dr Roberto Morales Ojeda and discussed details of the Memorandum of Understanding that the President will sign.
President Uhuru is scheduled to fly to Cuba from New York at the end of this month after his trip to Canada and the US.
But State House yesterday indicated that the Cuban trip has not been confirmed yet.
Kenya and Cuba will sign an MoU to collaborate in the pharmaceutical sector, cancer prevention and control, medical engineering, biotechnology and training of health workers.
“Cuba has one of the best health models in the world. I believe there is a lot we can share on health,” Uhuru said last month, when he bid farewell to Cuban Ambassador Raul Rodriguez Ramos.
The trip comes as State House hosts the first Health Summit in Nairobi today.
“Among the issues to be discussed in the summit will be the success of the managed equipment services, which has drastically improved healthcare management in Kenya,” State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu said.
The managed equipment services project, a partnership of the national and county governments, aims to equip two hospitals in each county with specialised equipment.
Equipment being installed include dialysis machines, ICU units, X-ray and mammography machines.
“Some parts of the country are seeing CT scans and MRI machines for the very first time and this is impacting directly on the Kenyan people,” State House said yesterday.
The summit is expected to begin at 7.30am and run for 90 minutes.
Kenya is seeking a breakthrough in healthcare with its limited resources.
More than 100 other countries look to the example of Cuba, which has the same 78-year life expectancy as the US while spending four per cent per person annually of what the US does.
Cubans call their system medicina general integral (MGI, comprehensive general medicine). It focuses on preventing people from getting diseases rather than curing them after they are sick.
CUBA HAS ONE OF THE BEST HEALTH MODELS IN THE WORLD, PRESIDENT SAYS
President Uhuru Kenyatta greets a one-day-old baby named Uhuru when he commissioned medical equipment at the Mwingi Level 4 Hospital in Kitui on June 12