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Seated from left to right: The Director General, Kenya School of Government, Dr Ludeki Chweya, the CEO Public Service Commission, Dr Alice Otwala, Cuban Ambassador to Kenya, Amb Earnesto Gomez, Ag Chairperson PSC, Amb Peter ole Nkuraiyia, Kisumu Governor Prof Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o, Chief Administrative Secretary Ministry of Health Dr Rashid Aman, Health PS Peter Tum, Amb. Tom Amollo and other dignitaries pose for a group photo with newly recruited Cuban medical specialists during the official opening of their induction at the Kenya School of Government on 11th June 2018

A two weeks induction course for the medical specialists from Cuba kicked off at the Kenya School of Government (KSG) on 12th June 2018. Speaking during the official opening of the induction program, Amb. Peter ole Nkuraiyia, Acting Chairperson Public Service Commission took the opportunity to welcome the medical specialists and congratulated them for choosing to work in Kenya.

“The Commission is grateful to His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta for having identified the need to have this cooperation,” said Amb ole Nkuraiyia. He expressed gratitude to the Cuban government for agreeing to allow the doctors to serve in Kenya and practise medicine as a shared resource. Philosophy

Amb. Nkuraiyia urged the doctors to familiarize themselves with the policy documents and guidelines that PSC has developed in order to get a better understanding of how the public service operates.

Also present was Mr. Peter Tum, the Principal Secretary, Ministry of Health, who welcomed the Cuban doctors and said there was need to strengthen government commitment in medical services. He urged the Cuban doctors to rise to the occasion to deliver and transfer knowledge to Kenyan doctors.

The Cuban ambassador to Kenya Amb Earnesto Gomez said that the project will solidify cooperation between Cuba and Kenya.

Amb Muchiri Antony, the Kenyan Ambassador to Cuba in his remarks, said that Kenya aims at achieving universal medical care through the program

The Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs ministry, Ms Monica Juma, in a speech delivered on her behalf by Amb Tom Amollo, said, “This is the beginning of a long and productive partnership with Cuba socially, economically and politically.”

Governor Anyang’ Nyongo who represented the Council of Governors in his speech said that globally, Cuba has one of the most functional health systems adding that this is an opportunity to strengthen Kenya’s health system, deal with the challenge of communicable diseases and close the current gap in our health system.

The occasion was also graced by the Public Service Commission CEO Dr. Alice Otwala.

The project was a result of the recent state visit to Cuba by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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