On Trip to Cuba, Haitian President Says Cuban Assistance Excellent – Once Again, This is What Solidarity Looks Like!

Posted on July 3, 2010


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
    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.
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