The Cuban doctors, who arrive in Johannesburg late Sunday evening, are to be dispatched to various provinces by the South African Ministry of Health. Cuba’s ambassador Rodolfo Benítez Verson said.
The two countries are closely linked as Cuba was instrumental in the fight against the rule of the white minority in South Africa, which only ended in 1994 when anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela was elected president.
In a March parliament debate, International Relations and Cooperation of the South African Minister Dr. Naledi Pandor said that South Africa and the Republic of Cuba are linked by a noble history of freedom struggle.
Current relations between South Africa and Cuba are morally anchored and embedded in the doctrine of South-South relations.
The late great President Mandela paid tribute to and praised the Cuban role in advancing the agenda of the South during a speech at a banquet in honor of President Fidel Castro of Cuba on September 4, 1998.
“On this issue of Cuba, relations with South Africa and international solidarity, Madiba said.”
She added that the deployment of Cuban health professionals underpinned the South African health system during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Our country has benefited in particular from Cuban expertise and community focus, which has been helpful in assessing the underlying factors leading to disease in communities.
This has made a great contribution to improving primary health care in South Africa, which, as the Minister of Health has pointed out, is one of the most questioned facts about our health system.
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