Cuba to Train Liberian Doctors

Friday, 28th September 2007
New York, USA - The Cuban government has agreed in principle to help strengthen Liberia’s health sector by providing scholarships to Liberian students wishing to pursue medical studies in Cuba.

During a meeting in New York Thursday, Cuban Foreign Minister Felize Perez Roque  and Liberian Vice President Joseph N.Boakai agreed to strengthen trade and bilateral relations between their countries.

Foreign Minister Roque who represented his country at this year’s UN General Assembly, extended an invitation to Vice President Boakai to visit Cuba, and promised to formalize the invitation through diplomatic channels.

The Cuban Foreign Minister also promised to accelerate the accreditation of a Liberian Ambassador to Cuba.

Cuba is noted for having some of the world’s most brilliant doctors, especially in tropical medicine.

For his part, Vice President Boakai thanked Minister Roque for the offer, and assured that the Liberian government would take advantage of the offer.

He informed the Cuban foreign minister that the war severely affected Liberia’s medical sector, with most of the country’s trained medical practitioners fleeing the country in search of personal safety and  greener pastures.

He explained that Liberia now has only 121 doctors as opposed to more than 600 before the war.

Vice President Boakai said Liberia, an emerging democracy, is open to all Well-meaning countries.