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We Are Not Importing Cuban Doctors – Minister Opendi Clarifies

The State Minister of Health for General Duties, Sarah Opendi has come out to allay fears that government was planning to import medical specialists from Cuba.

Opendi’s response comes after doctors under the Uganda Medical Association (UMA) came out yesterday and strongly condemned the proposal.

UMA President, Dr. Ekwaro Obuku told reporters yesterday, “Government’s move to import Cuban doctors would be okay if it was in 1986 when Uganda was recovering from war. We were at our lowest but in 2016, 30 years down the road, this means that the health sector has gone back to its level of 1986 and in political terms it means government is nowhere.�

Appearing before the Health Committee of Parliament on Wednesday, Minister Opendi said the issue of importing doctors from Cuba came up at the time when the doctors were on strike.

“I must say as we speak now, we don’t have anything concrete regarding the importation of the 200 doctors, It was just a discussion which had not moved to any level,� Opendi said.

Opendi noted that for such an arrangement, a lot of negotiations and agreements between the two governments must be considered, which has not been done.

“We haven’t agreed on that proposal because bringing doctors from Cuba, you need to first ascertain whether the Cuban government is to sponsor the doctors or they are to be sponsored by our government,� Opendi observed.

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