This is the happiest Rene Preval has looked in a LONG time!
Haitian President Describes Cuban Assistance as Excellent HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 3 (acn) Haitian President Rene Preval said on Friday in Havana that Cuba’s assistance to his country —before and after the earthquake that hit this Caribbean nation last January 12— is excellent. Preval, who arrived on Thursday night in Cuba for a working visit, participated on Friday in a meeting with a Cuban governmental commission led by VP Esteban Lazo. “Cuba did not wait for the earthquake that destroyed us. The Cuban State has been working with us and helping us for many years. Its assistance is excellent,” noted the Haitian leader who added that the purpose of his visit is to analyze the implementation of the assistance programs. After saying that 500 Haitian doctors have graduated from Cuban education centers, Haiti’s Health Minister Alex Larsen pointed out that 67 others will graduate this year and announced that Cuba has granted 30 more scholarships to Haitian youths that will be trained as doctors. He added that 10 centers for comprehensive diagnosis have been built by Cuba with Venezuelan funding in Haiti while the 32 hospitals that were damaged by the earthquake are being renovated and four others are being built as part of a program that aims at the improvement of the Haitian health system. In addition, the Haitian Agriculture Minister, Joanas Gue, referred to the training in Cuba of Haitian veterinarians and said that 45 of them are already working in their country. For his part, Lionel Isaac, General Director of Haiti’s National Airport Authority, spoke of the construction in Cape Haitian of a modern international airport with the assistance of Cuba and Venezuela. Present in the meeting were the Cubans ministers of Public Health, Jose Ramon Balaguer, and Foreign Trade and Investment, Rodrigo Malmierca. Rene Preval and his accompanying delegation will also visit Venezuela next Thursday.