The United States and Cuba have started a historic opportunity to work together and aid Haiti which is still recovering from the calamity in 2010 that took more than 200 thousand lives.

Brian Shukan, deputy chief of mission at the U.S. embassy in Port-au-Prince, said Thursday that following the re-establishment of diplomatic ties between the U.S. and Cuba, the doctors of both countries could work together to help improve Haiti’s dilapidated health care system.

“We know Cuba has a long history of medical cooperation in Haiti, a great deal of expertise, hundreds of Cuban doctors have been working here for a tangible improvement,” Shukan said as diplomats and physicians from the U.S. and Cuba toured St. Luke’s Hospital outside Haiti’s capital.   US further eases trade, travel restrictions on Cuba(1)

Cooperation between Cuba and the U.S. is “a natural thing,” said Cuban Ambassador Ricardo Garcia Napoles on the hospital tour.

Earlier in the week, Shukan visited a Cuban-run hospital in the Haitian capital.

“On Tuesday we also were honored to visit La Renaissance, a Cuban hospital in Port-au-Prince, to see what Cuba’s doing and, really, the work that Cuba has been doing for a long period of time, for many years. It’s very impressive,” he said.

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