Passing of an Icon How Fidel Castro's medical brigade sustained Ghana's medical sector

Castro, who died late Friday, was convinced his medical internationalism policy could give him some influence in developing countries, especially Ghana.

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Since the 1959 Cuban Revolution, the Island nation adopted a medical internationalism policy were thousands of medical doctors were sent overseas particularly to Africa, Latin America and Oceania.

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Cuba under Fidel Castro established diplomatic relations with Ghana under former president Dr Kwame Nkrumah 55 years ago.

Castro, who died late Friday, was convinced his medical internationalism policy could give him some influence in developing countries, especially Ghana.

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Ghana has assisted the Island nation in the area of materials and solidarity. Cuban in turn has offered scholarships to over 1,179 Ghanaians training in various fields including Medicine and Pharmacy.

Under the Cuban Medical Brigade, Cuba has deployed over hundreds of doctors offering tremendous medical assistance to save the lives of Ghanaians.

READ MORE:Fidel Castro's military forays into Africa

The deal to send the medical brigade as first signed under the PNDC regime and was renewed in 2013.

Every year, Cuba sends about 300 doctors to Ghana to assist patients in the rural communities were many Ghanaian doctors are unwilling to serve.

READ MORE:Cubans surprised at the death of Fidel Castro

Successive Ghanaian leaders have acknowledged the impact of the Cuban Medical Brigade especially when Ghanaian doctors are on strike.

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