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The public health sector is expected to benefit from the services of more than 100 Cuban medical personnel, under renewal of the Cuba-Jamaica Technical Co-operation Agreement.
Under the agreement, Jamaica will be provided with the services of various categories of medical personnel, including pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, medical technologists, cytotechnologists, nurses, nursing tutors, biomedical engineers and technicians, physiotherapists, clinical dieticians, and other specialties agreed on by both governments.
The tour of duty will be for a year, initially. However, both parties will decide if the services of the workers will be extended beyond that period. Jamaica will provide passage for the workers to and from Cuba as well as accommodation, while the Cuban Ministry of Health will pay their salaries.
Speaking at the signing of the agreement today (July 26), at the Ministry on King Street, Health Minister, Horace Dalley said the selection of July 26 was of deep significance, as it marked the 54th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution.
“Symbolically, I chose to do it this day. The co-operation between Jamaica and Cuba has been excellent,” he said.
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