The Foreign Office reports that 100 care packages and 152 personal care items have been shipped to Cuba for the benefit of Jamaican medical students.
The shipment left Jamaica on October 28 and arrived in Cuba on Tuesday November 2.
Portfolio Minister Kamina Johnson Smith, in a statement today, explained that despite the detailed plans being made and implemented, there were delays that were beyond the ministry’s control.
“We sincerely regret any inconvenience that would have been caused by the delay in shipping and will continue to work with our students in Cuba and our stakeholders to ensure this process is completed to alleviate some of the challenges facing students. as a result of the pandemic, ”said Johnson Smith.
With shipping now in the country, she said the process now moves to clearing the items in Cuba.
She said the Jamaican Embassy in Havana would assist with this activity, including making arrangements for the collection or delivery of the items by or to medical students.
“The one-off support from the ministry to students took the form of consultations between a number of stakeholders, including virtual meetings with the Diaspora, Protocol and Consular Affairs Division within the ministry, the Embassy of Jamaica to Cuba, parents and student representatives located in Cuba and Jamaica. “, explained Johnson Smith.
The foreign minister said the care packages were assembled on the basis of a list of needs provided by the students and included basic food items, toiletries, sanitary products, non-prescription drugs and medicines. personal protective equipment such as masks, hand sanitizers and rubbing alcohol.
Johnson Smith thanked the Cuban government for its “general generosity and commitment to the scholarship program as well as the import procedures aimed at alleviating some of the challenges facing students due to the pandemic, including the treatment of the recent shipment. “
She also thanked the GraceKennedy partner companies and the Seprod Foundation as well as the Ministry of Finance and Civil Service for their support.