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A group of Cuban doctors will start working in Bahrain as part of an agreement signed between the governments of both countries in August 2014, Cuban Foreign Ministry reported.

"The first group of Cuban health professionals who will be working in this Arab nation arrived (...) to the city of Manama, the capital of the Kingdom of Bahrain," the ministry said in a statement posted on its website.

"The agreement establishes the basis for cooperation in the fields of medical and biotechnological services, medical research and other areas of mutual interest," he added.

This first group consists of fifteen women and men who work in the King Hamad University Hospital in the city of Muharraq.

Bahrain is the third Gulf Arab country in which Cuban doctors working through this kind of, after Qatar agreements since 1997, and Saudi Arabia, since 2014, the ministry said, without disclosing the amount you pay that kingdom to Havana for services.

Sales of professional services, especially doctors, is the first entry of the scheme, with 11,000 million annually.

Some 50,000 Cuban doctors and paramedics serving in 70 countries. Some low-income countries, such as Haiti, receive them for free, but others such as Venezuela and Brazil pay millions of dollars for them to Havana.

As a rule, physicians receive only a quarter of the money. The rest is what the Cuban government.

Source: Diario de Cuba

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