Only 40 Cuban doctors ready for Uganda jobs, says minister

The Ministry of Health has said it is waiting for Cabinet approval to import 40 specialised doctors from Cuba out of the initial 200 expected.

The new arrivals will be sent to rural parts of the country that Ugandan doctors allegedly shun.

In an interview yesterday, Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng said the importation of the doctors is a collaboration between Uganda and Cuba and that the arrangement has been misrepresented and blown out of proportion.

Uganda, , she said, is in urgent need of specialists to handle patients who present with severe complications in remote areas where the government has failed to attract and retain indigenous professionals.

“Definitely, there are places where we have had a challenge of attracting and retaining Ugandan doctors because they lack social services such as schools and ICT for research but the Cubans are willing to go there,” she said, adding that the expatriates will earn like their Ugandan counterparts.

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