MoH donates medical supplies to Cuban hospital as US embargo creates healthcare hardship

Havana, Cuba – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Ministry of Health, led by Prime Minister Dr. Terrance Drew, has donated US$6500.00 in medical supplies to the América Arias Gynecobstetric Hospital in Havana, Cuba.

The facility specialises in the care of women of childbearing age, clinical and surgical gynaecological services and assisted reproduction treatments.

The items donated included disposable materials such as gloves, surgical gowns, face masks, cotton rolls, alcohol gel and vaginal specula.

On Wednesday during the handing over ceremony in Havana, St. Kitts and Nevis’ ambassador to Cuba, Verna Uwana Mills, said that she was honoured to make the donation in the context of the 29th anniversary of relations between the two nations as a sign of solidarity and friendship on behalf of the government and people of her country. 

Ambassador Mills also thanked the Ministries of Public Health and of Foreign Affairs of Cuba and the Ministry of Health in St. Kitts and Nevis for facilitating the procurement and delivery. She added that both countries will continue their mutual cooperation to strengthen and consolidate their ties.

Director of the América Arias Gynecobstetric Hospital, Dr. Dunia Rebeca Yi Mariño, commented on the timeliness of the donation as Cuba, and its healthcare system,  is coping with great hardship caused by the intensification of the United States of America’s embargo on the island nation.


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