The delegation has 53 general practitioners, 52 specialists, 50 full-time nurses and 7 radiology and biomedical engineers, whose salaries will be paid by Libreville.
Gabon welcomes 162 Cuban doctors to come to strengthen nursing and medical services. “Eliminate the Medical Desert”The Ministry of Health announced on Monday, April 12. “They will be deployed in all hospitals nationwide for a period of two years, renewable.”Lionel Ndong Eyeghe, communications adviser to the Minister of Health, told AFP: “The goal is to eliminate the medical desert.”.
The delegation arrived on Sunday and is composed of 53 general practitioners, 52 specialists, 50 full-time nurses and 7 radiology and biomedical engineers, whose salaries will be paid by the Gabonese state. “We have medical deserts in certain areas. […] Together with these Cuban doctors, we will strengthen CHUs [centres hospitaliers universitaires] In specialist doctors and remote departments”Secretary of Health Guy Patrick Obiang Ndong said when he arrived.
The news comes at a time when Gabon is facing a sharp increase in Covid-19 contamination cases, which has put pressure on the hospital system. Since the beginning of the pandemic, this country with a population of less than 2 million has officially announced 20,600 cases, with 127 deaths.
In June 2017, Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba and Cuban President Raul Castro signed a cooperation agreement. As the national pride of the Castro regime, Cuba’s medical mission abroad has also become one of the main sources of income for the Caribbean island government, sending thousands of babysitters to dozens of countries.