The first members of a Cuban biomedical engineering team are in Jamaica to restore medical equipment in the public health system.
The biomedical agreement between Jamaica and Cuba will last for two years and cost $350,000, according to Health Minister Rudyard Spencer.
“The repair of pediatric equipment is important in helping us to reduce the country’s infant mortality rate,” Spencer said. ”
The Cuban team will repair, install and calibrate medical equipment, along with monitoring the repair of hospital equipment and systems and conduct training of local technicians.
“Fortunately, Cuba operates similar brands of equipment to those in our public health system,” he said. “The biomedical engineers and technicians are, therefore, well-trained by the manufacturers of these brands, so Jamaica stands to benefit significantly in the area of capacity building.”
–Jamaican Information Service