Relations between The Gambia and the Republic of Cuba might have strengthened further after the official unveiling of no fewer than 118 Cuban doctors who were recently dispatched to The Gambia.
At a brief ceremony held at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital in Banjul on Friday, the Minister of Health, Omar Sey while welcoming the doctors said quality health service delivery was of top priority to the Gambia government.
“In my conversation with your Ambassador, I told him that this country, The Gambia, is a nice one and we will make sure that you have all the necessary welfare support. But in return, you have to deliver in your work as doctors to the best interest of Gambians,” he said.
Sey commended the existing relations between The Gambia and the Republic of Cuba, assuring that The Gambia will work harder to take it to the next level.
In his statement, Professor MIA Khalil, the chief medical director at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital told the new doctors that The Gambia and Cuba enjoy 'a very good relationship' in the area of health service delivery. “The minister and his team are assured that your stay will be made comfortable, but it is expected of you to deliver,” he added.
The Cuban Ambassador to The Gambia, Lazaro Herrera Nartinez, urged the deployed doctors to serve the purpose of their coming to The Gambia well. “The Gambia is a beautiful country with nice people and I hope you will cope with the situation you may find yourself in. The people of this country have recognised the presence of Cuban doctors as the relation has been a long one between the two states,” he said.
Meanwhile, the newly dispatched doctors are expected to be in The Gambia for two years and will be posted countrywide to help strengthen and safeguard the health system of the country.