Tuesday, 10 June 2008 8:15 AM

Cuban Doctors is a Blessing to Solomon Islands: Alependava

The arrivals of the Cuban Doctors in the country resulting from an arrangement made under the former Government of Sogavare is continuing.

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services has confirmed that two Cuban doctors will arrive here on Thursday this week.

Under Secretary, Dr Cedric Alependava, confirmed that the two doctors will arrive on Thursday. He said that only two Cuban doctors would arrive on Thursday and another eight of them will arrive some time later this year.

One of the doctors is a physician specialist and an anaesthetic specialist. Alependava said that these are the two fields where the National Referral Hospital is currently having difficulties with.

The Health and Medical Services Under Secretary said that the doctors are volunteers and the Government of Solomon Islands has only paid for their allowances. "The arrangement was a blessing to the people of Solomon Islands," Alependava said

Under the arrangement, the Cuban Government would eventually provide forty doctors to work in Solomon Islands and fifty students from the Solomon Islands will study medicine in Cuba.