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East Timor President Praises Cuban Medical Cooperation
During a ceremony to reopen the Guido Valadares National Hospital in Dili, the capital city of East Timor, Ramos-Horta thanked “the great assistance given by the Cuban people and government.” He said the Cuban doctors are working in areas where local physicians would not go.
The Timorese president added that Cuba is always the first country to send aid to other nations that are affected by natural disasters, such as the cases of Pakistan and China, according to a report sent by the Cuban embassy in Dili to the Cuban News Agency.
Ramos-Horta said he was proud of having over 700 Timorese youths studying Medicine in Cuba for free and recalled that this small state could not afford to send these youngsters to study in other nations like Indonesia, the Philippines or Australia.
He pointed out that a medicine course would cost in those nations some 3,000 USD per student each semester. The president of the South Asian nation also referred to the expenses they would have face in order to pay for the services of the 200 health professionals currently working for free in his country.
Besides, the Timorese leader reiterated his rejection of the economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed by the United States against the Caribbean nation for 50 years now, and he demanded its immediate lifting.
Meanwhile Louis Michel, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, praised the work of the Cuban doctors in East Timor and in many other nations as he spoke during the ceremony to reopen the Dili hospital, which was rehabilitated with funds from the European Union.


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