Director Department of Information Services
Monday, May 29, 2006 – Over three hundred Saint Lucians will receive
training in basic nursing from the Government of Cuba. This is one of results of
a five day official visit to Cuba by a local delegation led by Prime Minister
Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony
At a meeting with President Castro, Prime Minister reported on the measures
taken by Government to improve the health sector including the construction of
major modern health facilities and the extensive programme of refurbishing of
health centres island-wide.
Having regard to the numerous pressures on the existing pool of nurses through
migration, President Castro agreed to accept three hundred young Saint Lucians
to pursue nursing training at institutions in Cuba. The programme is scheduled
to start in October this year, but successful candidates will be expected to
leave Saint Lucia on June 20th to pursue an intensive three month Spanish
language programme prior to the commencement of the two year nursing course. The
Government of Saint Lucia will also discuss with the Cuban authorities, the
possibility of the top performers going onto to pursue advanced training.
The full cost of the training will be met by the Government of Cuba. However
Prime Minister Anthony has stated that Government is willing to offer a small
stipend to the successful students.
The Ministries of Education an Health will coordinate the recruitment of the
candidates for the training and further information will be provided to the
public later this week
Also taking part in the discussion with the Cuban president were Senator Petrus
Compton, Minister of External Affairs, International Trade and Civil Aviation,
Hon. Jon Odlum Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Health Human Services and
Highlights of the official tour to Cuba were visits to the “Marina Hemingway”
Centre of the Miracle Operation, and the Pando Ferrer Ophthalmology Institute,
and discussions with the senior government officials at the Revolution Palace.
The delegation was led by Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony and included,
Mr. Joseph “Reds” Pereira of the Saint Lucia Boxing Association, representatives
of the local media and the Department of Information Services.
The full report on the visit will be presented in a subsequent news release.