A high-level delegation led by President of the National Assembly of People's Power of Cuba Esteban Lazo Hernandez paid a visit to the Vietnam - Cuba Friendship Hospital in Quang Binh Province, north-central Vietnam on Monday afternoon, as part of his ongoing trip to the Southeast Asian country.
The president said that the hospital is a permanent symbol of the friendship and solidarity between the two nations.
The top Cuban legislator arrived in Hanoi on Sunday to start his five-day Vietnam visit at the invitation of the Vietnamese Party and state leaders.
The hospital is a gift from late Cuban leader Fidel Castro and Cuba to Quang Binh Province to help treat locals.
The top Cuban representative’s visit to the hospital was aimed at reminding the young generation of the history and close ties, while encouraging them to deepen the friendship and solidarity between the two nations.
|Esteban Lazo Hernandez (standing, left), President of the National Assembly of People's Power of Cuba, talks to people who met with late Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro. Photo: Tran Anh Duong / Tuoi Tre|
During his trip, he also engaged in a brief talk with people who met late Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.
In September 1973, Fidel Castro decided to present Quang Binh Province with a fully-equipped hospital during his visit to the newly-liberated Quang Tri and Quang Binh Provinces.
Work on the hospital started on May 19, 1974.
The Vietnam - Cuba friendship hospital, with 462 beds and 26 departments, was put into service on September 9, 1981.
The hospital was assessed as one of the most modern hospitals in Vietnam at that time.
In 2018, seven Cuban experts were invited to work at the hospital. Among them, four completed their mission, while the other three are still serving at the medical facility.