Kenya’s health sector is set to heavily benefit from President Uhuru Kenyatta’s official state visit to Cuba. President Kenyatta already met Cuba’s President Raul Castro, and are looking to build on historical ties between the two nations.
President Kenyatta visited the leading research and pharmaceutical group in Cuba, Labiofam, to inspect the advances made by the nation in tackling tropical diseases, with the fight against malaria top of the agenda. At the research and pharmaceutical centre, he was briefed on vector control and ways of tackling malaria.
The partnership between the two nations in the health department is set to increase, with Kenya expected to benefit further, with the fight against malaria vital. Through Labiofam, Cuba would train health staff undertaking malaria programmes in Kenya so as to utilise, minimize costs and take time taken to fully implement the programme.
The already existing health cooperation agreement between Kenya and Cuba is set to be strengthened and the education cooperation will be boosted, with scholarships provided already to 48 students from Kenya by Cuba.