Cuban pharmaceutical plant plans still on

The agreement is part of the Namibia-Cuba Joint Working Group (JWG), through which the two countries aim to promote and build cooperation.

10 January 2018 | Business

OSHAKATI – 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.

Namibia’s ambassador to Cuba, Jerobeam Shaanika, says health is 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.

Health 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 is busy with plans to reconstruct medical stores in the country. With the approval of Cabinet, it would be implemented once ready.

Over 250 students are currently studying in Cuba, with the majority of them specialising in medicine. - Nampa

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