Last week, on the margins of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ 7th Heads of Missions Meeting in Port Vila, the Minister of Health, Jack Norris, signed a renewal of the Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) between Vanuatu and Cuba that provides for the training of ni-Vanuatu as medical doctors in Cuba.
The original MOU, which was signed in 2008, resulted in the training of over 30 doctors.
The second intake of 18 doctors graduated last year and are now undergoing in-service training at Vila Central Hospital, prior to being stationed to hospitals throughout Vanuatu later this year. Vanuatu’s High Commissioner of Fiji, Nikenike Vurobaravu, will now take the MOU back to Fiji and pass it on to the Cuban Ambassador there, who will send it back to Cuba for counter-signing.
Vanuatu expects to be able to send the next batch of medical students to Cuba towards the end of this year.
Vanuatu established diplomatic relations with Cuba on the 11th of March 1983.