According to Dr. Atwine, the Cuban doctors are not coming to replace Ugandans doctors, but are coming as specialists to train intern doctors after numerous complaints of the limited number of senior doctors to mentor them during internship
The Health Ministry has denied reports of the purported arrival of Cuban doctors in the country.
Over the weekend, pictures circulated on social media showing the purported Cuban medics on the airport tarmac carrying boxes.
However, Dr. Diana Atwine, the Health Ministry, Permanent Secretary, says there are no Cuban doctors in the country because government has not finalized discussions about their recruitment.
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According to Dr. Atwine, the Cuban doctors are not coming to replace Ugandans doctors, but are coming as specialists to train intern doctors after numerous complaints of the limited number of senior doctors to mentor them during internship.
She also says they are yet to discuss the details of how many Cuban doctors government intends to hire and how much they will pay them since cabinet is yet to discuss the matter.
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Dr. Atwine says that a team comprising of the head of Health Service Commission, two ministers and representatives from the Ministry of Public Service and Finance traveled to Cuba but haven't yet submitted their report to cabinet.
Government first announced plans to hire Cubans doctors last year following the doctor's strike, which crippled health service delivery in government facilities for more than two months.
Doctors laid down their tools demanding for a pay rise, better working condition and adequate supply of drugs and medical supplies to government health centers.
The doctors suspended their strike after government agreed to act on their demands. This is not the first time government is partnering with Cuba as far as human resource is concerned.
In 1989, four Cuban Professors came to Uganda as teachers at Mbarara University of Science and Technology. The four Cuban professors together with Professor Frederick I. B Kayanja started the faculty of Medicine at the university.