Vice President John Dramani Mahama yesterday announced that government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Cuba to start the training of 250 Ghanaians as medical doctors by next year.
He said government is currently engaged in selecting the students from deprived districts, who on completion will be posted to serve their people.
Vice President Mahama announced this when Estaban Lazo Hernandez, Vice President of Cuba called on him at the Osu Castle, as part of his four-day official visit to Ghana.
The Cuban Vice President who led an 11-member delegation to harness business and bilateral co-operation will also visit Mali and Equitorial Guinea before returning to his country
Vice President said as part of the MOU, other paramedical staff will also be trained while government will also collaborate with Cuba to develop biotechnology plants and vaccines that can avoid rampant amputations in Ghana’s health facilities.
He said: Cuba is advanced in the biotechnology which prevents patients from amputation and Ghana is collaborating with them in that respect to practice in various health centres in the country.”
Vice President Mahama commended the Cuban government for their annual posting of Medical Brigade to Ghana, which he said has helped in solving the numerous health problems, particularly in the rural areas where there are no qualified health personnel.
He said government will continue to support the Cuban government to fight against the Cuban economic blockade and facilitate the release of the five Cuban nationals jailed in the US.
The Vice President who traced the relations of the two countries to the hard work of President Kwame Nkrumah and Fidel Castro said Cuba has a lot of things in common with Ghana, which both governments should exploit for their development.
“Both Ghana and Cuba have the penchant to fight against oppression and other kinds of abuse, which we need to use in our development plans in future.”
Vice President Hernandez who sounded quite philosophical described the world as “a place of multi-crises, made up of financial, food, climate and cultural crises throughout the globe with numerous wars and states of instability.”
He said the Cuban government is re-focusing the economy on agriculture as a revival strategy after losing export commodities due mainly to the economic blockade with its resultant high food prices.
He said Cuba which has the comparative advantage for sugarcane production is becoming a pale shadow of herself and will therefore re-stratigise to recapture her position in the world market.
The Cuban Vice President said his outfit will collaborate with Ghana to fight against the high incidence of malaria and other environmental-related diseases in the coming years.