Cuban paediatricians to enhance infant healthcare in public sector

Cuban paediatricians are among some of the medical personnel who will soon be deployed to health facilities in Trinidad and Tobago to provide health services under the Technical Cooperation Agreement in Healthcare between this county and the Republic of Cuba.

These medical practitioners will work in health facilities which are currently operational within the public health sector. The Honourable Terrence Deyalsingh, Minister of Health, did not indicate that paediatricians and paediatric cardiologists will work at the Couva Hospital as was erroneously reported in the daily newspapers.

This initiative is one element of the Ministry of Health’s overall thrust to enhance the service delivery associated with Infant Health in Trinidad and Tobago and to achieve national Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

In April 2018 the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and the Republic of Cuba signed a Technical Cooperation Agreement to facilitate the provision of health care services, by professionals from Cuba, in Trinidad and Tobago. These medical professionals will deliver a variety of health services in accordance with requests made by the Ministry of Health, Trinidad and Tobago and subject to the availability of personnel as indicated by the Ministry of Public Health of the Republic of Cuba.

The Cuban medical professionals, including physicians and nurses, are qualified in a cross section of medical areas and will be deployed in Trinidad and Tobago to help fill significant human resource gaps which exist within in the domestic public health system.

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