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Glowing tributes were paid to two Cuban doctors serving in Portland for the past three years, during a farewell function held in their honour at the Old Port Antonio Marina on Thursday, September 1.
They are Drs. Edwardo Castanada and Francisco Silva Torres, who were assigned to the Portland Health Department since 2002 and performed duties at the clinics in Port Antonio and Buff Bay, respectively.
The function, which was organized by the North Eastern Regional Health Authority (NEHRA) and the Portland Health Services, was attended by a large gathering, including members of staff of the various health institutions in Portland and a number of persons representing other organisations in the parish.
Giving the main address, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Culture, Dr. Donald Rhodd emphasised the importance of the close friendship and co-operation which existed between Cuba and Jamaica, pointing out that while both countries had benefited from the relationship, Jamaica had achieved significant gains as a result of the generosity of the people and government of Cuba.
The State Minister noted that Cuba’s contribution to Jamaica’s development has been particularly significant in the areas of education, health services and agriculture.
Commending both doctors for the invaluable service they have given to the people of Portland, Dr. Rhodd said their stewardship would serve as a powerful encouragement and motivation to other health workers in the parish, particularly in their effort to control and halt the spread of HIV/AIDS.
Replying, both doctors expressed pleasure at having been able to work with the people of Portland and thanked them for the co-operation and hospitality they extended to them during their period of service.