Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Cuba's anti-malaria program in Ghana

Cuban Anti-Malaria Program Brings Positive Results in Ghana
: Prensa Latina, 07 July 2011

Efforts by specialists from the Cuban laboratory and pharmaceutical company Labiofam have reduced the rate of malaria by 75 percent in this capital, according to the Labiofam director.

Ghanaian Health Ministry authorities termed very positive the work carried out in this country by 22 Cuban cooperation workers from that institution, Labiofam director Jose Antonio Fraga told Prensa Latina.

Before leaving for the Republic of Congo, Fraga also stated that the objective of his stay in Ghana was to work with local authorities to assess the state of the Cuban anti-malaria program.

"We also discussed the possibility of expanding the plan nationwide," Fraga noted.

Fraga and his accompanying delegation met with Ghana Health Minister Joseph Yieleh Chireh and other officials to discuss the development and difficulties of the anti-malaria plan, the control of vector-borne diseases, and other issues. In the Republic of Congo, the Labiofam delegation will meet with a group of World Health Organization directors for Africa.

President Mills meets Cuban doctors in the Castle Gardens, June 2010.

President acclaims Cuban Medical Brigade for excellent job
Source: Ghana News Agency (GNA), 10 June 2010.

President John Atta Mills on Friday expressed appreciation to the Cuban Medical Brigade for their invaluable services to deprived communities.

He appealed to the Ghanaians doctors who were unwilling to serve in needy communities for various reasons to take a cue from their Cuban counterparts. He said the Cuban example was a demonstration of deep love for the people, and that should make an impression on Ghanaian health professionals to accept postings to the interior parts of the nation.

President Mills gave the commendation during an interaction with the a delegation of the Cuban Medical Brigade, Labiofam Entrepreneurial Group and Cubans lecturing Spanish at the University of Ghana and the Ghana Institute of Languages at the Osu Castle. Labiofam Group is engaged in a mosquito and malaria control programme in the Brong Ahafo, Ashanti and Greater Accra Regions on pilot basis.

President Mills commended the large presence of the Cuban medical doctors, saying: “Your dedication and commitment to duty impresses me most.” He said Cuba had been a friend to Ghana for years. President Mills promised that his Administration would strengthen the already strong relations between the two nations during his term of office. “Whatever challenges you face, we’ll sit down and look at them, so that we’ll able to remove the impediments for the success of your operations,” President Mills said. Dr Miguel Perez Cruz, Cuban Ambassador, announced that his country was prepared to increase the number of Cuban doctors from 200 to 250. He said steps were being taken for the construction of a factory for biolarvacide in Tamale.

Dr Cruz said a total of 1,179 Ghanaian students had graduated from Cuba at different levels of education, including 540 at the university level and 630 as technicians. In the present academic 33 Ghanaian students are studying medicine, 13 in other universities, and three at the International Sports School. Dr Phillipe Delgado, Leader of the Brigade, said the only problem the members faced in their assignments was that they miss their families back home.