Cuban Deputy Health Minister Visits South Africa

Pretoria, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Deputy Minister of Health, Alfredo Gonzalez, holds meetings in this capital with union leaders, foreign ministry officials and the presidential minister Nkosozana Dlamini Zuma, the embassy of that South African country reported.

Gonzalez participated yesterday in Cape Town in the graduation of a group of doctors who studied for five years that major in Cuba and traveled last night to Pretoria.

Today’s activities began with an interview with Zola Sapetha, Secretary General of the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU).

Subsequently, the Deputy Minister of Cuba held a meeting with the South African Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Lluwellyn Landers.

The visitor’s program also includes a meeting with the Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, a veteran politician of this country who has held positions as Minister of Health, External Relations and Cooperation and the Interior.

Dlamini Zuma, who was also the first woman to hold the presidency of the African Union until the beginning of 2017, headed the South African Department of Health when then presidents Nelson Mandela and Fidel Castro agreed on a program of cooperation in the field of public health, after the victory of the ANC in the elections of 1994 that is maintained until today.

This cooperation includes the work in this country of Cuban doctors and the preparation in Cuba of South African students in the medical major.

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