Havana, Wednesday 19 de September de 2018 12:33 pm

Cuba’s Deputy Health Minister Heads Official Visit to South Africa

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HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 11 (ACN) Cuba’s Deputy Health Minister, Alfredo Gonzalez met on Tuesday in Pretoria with union leaders, officials from the Foreign Ministry and the Minister of the Presidency Nkosozana Dlamini Zuma, reported the South African embassy in Havana.
 
Gonzalez participated on Tuesday in Cape Town in the graduation of a group of doctors that graduated five years ago in Cuba and later traveled to Pretoria.
 
According to Prensa Latina News agency, the Cuban delegation began the official visit with a meeting with the General Secretary of the National Union of Workers in Education, Health and Associates of South Africa, known as Nehawu.
 
The Cuban Deputy Health Minister also met with South Africa’s Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Nkosozana Dlamini Zuma, a veteran politician that has occupied positions like Health, Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and Interior Minister.
 
Dlamini Zuma head the South African Health Department when the then Presidents Nelson Mandela and Fidel Castro agreed to a cooperation program in the field of public health after the victory of the ANC in the 1994 elections, which is still valid.
 
The cooperation includes Cuban doctors in the African nation and South African students studying medicine on the island.
 
The South African official participated in a tribute to Nelson Mandela early this month in Havana whose centennial was celebrated on Tuesday during an end of the school year activity of 703 South African medical students that finished their five-year degree.
 
According to the official program, the deputy Health Minister will meet on Thursday with the South African Health Minister Aaron Motoaledi and later travel to Limpopo where among other activities, Gonzalez will exchange with Cuban health professions offering their services in that province.
 
Before concluding his official visit on Friday, the Cuban official will meet with leaders of the governing African National Congress and the Communist Party.


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