Authorities from Cuba and Kenya hold talks on efforts to return kidnapped doctors

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The Kenyan authorities are making intense efforts, in collaboration with the Cuban government, for the safe return of the two Caribbean doctors kidnapped since last April on the border between Kenya and Somalia, a government source said today.

José Angel Portal Miranda, Minister of Public Health of Cuba, said on Twitter that in a new talk with the Minister of Health of Kenya, as part of our government’s efforts for the safe return of the two kidnapped Cuban doctors, he confirmed the intensity of the efforts being made by the Kenyan authorities in this regard.

Last April, the Cuban Ministry of Public Health reported the kidnapping of two Cuban health workers who were working in Mandera County, Kenya. According to the official note, the doctors are named Assel Herrera Correa, specialist of General Integral Medicine from Las Tunas province, and Landy Rodríguez Hernández, specialist in Surgery from Villa Clara province.

The Cuban government authorities have immediately established channels of communication with the Kenyan authorities to address this situation, while keeping the families of collaborators here in Cuba informed.

A government working group has also been set up to follow up on this sensitive issue. The medical collaboration of the largest of the Antilles with Kenya began in June last year and it involves 101 doctors working throughout the African country.

(Taken from ACN in Spanish)

 

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