Cuban pharmaceutical plant plans still on

08 Jan 2018 15:30pm
OSHAKATI, 08 JAN (NAMPA) – Cuba’s plans to set up a pharmaceutical plant in Namibia are still in progress, with the Cuban government already having signed their part of the agreement.
Namibian Ambassador to Cuba Jerobeam Shaanika revealed this in a recent interview with Nampa, noting health as one his key priorities areas as the country’s representative.
“The Namibian government is still going through the agreement and Namibia is still strongly considering this initiative,” Shaanika added.
The agreement is part of the Namibia-Cuba Joint Working Group (JWG), through which the two countries aim to promote and build cooperation.
Even though there are a number of pharmaceutical distributors in Namibia, the Ministry of Health and Social Services in the recent past reportedly experienced a shortage of specific medication in State hospitals.
Minister Bernard Haufiku also recently announced the government’s plan to set up a larger central medical store at Otjomuise’s Ramatex complex in the capital.
According to the minister, a consortium of medical personnel from the United Kingdom was engaged on plans to reconstruct medical stores in the country and with the approval of Cabinet, would be implemented once ready.
Over 250 students are currently studying in Cuba, with the majority of them specialising in medicine.
Cuban-Namibian relations date back to Namibia's liberation struggle against the apartheid South Africa regime when Cuba politically, militarily and diplomatically supported the Namibian liberation movement and now ruling party, Swapo.