Cuban Health Deputy Minister Begins Visit to Ethiopia in Jimma

Addis Ababa, Feb 2 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Public Health Deputy Minister, Marcia Cobas, begins today in the city of Jimma an official visit to Ethiopia, in the context of the working tour that she is carrying out in several African countries.

Accompanied by representatives of the Farmacuba and Medical Services companies, Foreign Trade and the International Financial Bank, Cobas will hold a meeting with Cuban doctors who cooperate in this city in the Oromía region, located at about 245 kilometers from this capital.

The Cuban brigade carries out welfare and teaching functions in Jimma, where in 1985 the first Medical School was founded in the so-called Horn of Africa with Cuban personnel.

The delegation’s agenda also includes meetings with the African nation’s health authorities to assess current medical collaboration and its prospects for the immediate future.

In order to solve the precariousness of its health system, Ethiopia has relied on Cuba for four decades and since then Havana has supported the country’s efforts to develop this sector.

The Cuban government has responded with donations of medicines, help to fight epidemics, sending of specialists, paramedics and doctors of different specialties, and the formation in its universities of more than 3,000 Ethiopians, among many other support actions.

Cobas and other Cuban officials arrived on Friday in Addis Abbeba, as part of a working tour that includes Ghana and South Africa, as well as the Republic of Congo, Chad and Algeria.

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