The Ethiopian Surgery Society, at its 24th Annual Meeting in Addis Ababa, awarded Cuba the prize of the year for its contribution to the development of the surgery service and the training of health professionals of that African nation, according to the Cuban embassy in that country.
In a moving ceremony, the president of the Society, Dr. Dereje Gulilat, referred to the great contribution of Cuban medical cooperation around the world, which has not only brought assistance to people in numerous places on the planet, but it has also provided free scholarships to students from several countries, including Ethiopia.
He highlighted the work of the many doctors and paramedics of the Greatest of the Antilles who have served in different Ethiopian regions during the more than 40 years of relations between the two nations, and he emphasized that the surgeons of the Island were the first of this specialty in some regions of his country. He also stressed Cuba’s contribution to the opening of the Faculty of Medicine in Jimma.
In addition, Dr. Gulilat addressed the more than 4,000 young Ethiopians, who have benefited from scholarships awarded by Cuba in different fields, a significant number of them in medical specialties, including more than 50 surgeons, the initial vanguard for the development of surgery in Ethiopia.
Meanwhile, on the occasion of the official visit to the Island of the Minister of the Union for the Office of the State Counselor and Special Envoy of the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, H.E. Mr. Kyaw Tint Swe, the Cuban health system was also acknowledged.
H.E. Mr. Kyaw Tint Swe stated that his country “has much to learn from the Cuban experience” and he described the island’s health system as one of the best in the world, for which he stated that the cooperation will be beneficial.
According to the Minsap website, Cuba’s Minister of Public Health, José Ángel Portal Miranda, commented on the possibility of developing cooperation with Myanmar in the areas of health services, academia and the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry.
During the special envoy’s visit, the Republic of Myanmar announced the opening of its diplomatic mission in Cuba.
(Taken from Granma in Spanish)