Cuban doctors on their own in Mandera after local medics flee


Mandera County borders Somalia where Al Shabaab operate from.
Mandera County borders Somalia where Al Shabaab operate from.

In Summary

  • Local medics recently left in droves due to the threat posed by Al-Shabaab.
  • However, the two Cuban doctors decided to stay put.
  • They say they have worked in far worse conditions.

Two Cuban doctors working in Mandera County have been forced to work on their own after their counterparts fled the area for fear of terror attacks.

The two; Dr. Herera Correa, a general practitioner and Dr. Landy Rodriguez, a surgeon; are however determined to stay put.

Dr. Correa sees 20 patients per day during his eight-hour shift while Dr. Rodriguez handles about 10 surgical procedures daily; they are on call 24 hours a day.

Local medics recently left in droves due to the threat posed by Al-Shabaab.

“Before I came here, I checked the internet and saw that Mandera is very dangerous with frequent attacks from Al Shabaab but we have worked in far worse conditions,”said Dr. Rodriguez.

The two Cuban doctors say they have already started learning Kiswahili and Somali since language barrier is their greatest challenge.

Coincidentally, one of the local doctors who decided to remain with them was trained in Cuba.

He speaks fluent Spanish and is the one who acts as a translator for the Cuban doctors.

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