Jamaica's leaders mourn Fidel Castro
In a statement on Saturday morning, Mr. Holness remembered Fidel Castro for his revolutionary leadership and guidance of the Cuban state. He said many Jamaicans still vividly remember his visits to Jamaica and his passionate speeches in defence of the right to self-determination.
The Prime Minister said the people of Jamaica remain deeply appreciative of the significant contribution that Cuban medical personnel continue to make to Jamaica through technical cooperation, initiated under the leadership of Fidel Castro.
Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller, in her tribute to Fidel Castro, said he was a great leader and consummate friend of Jamaica, whose legacy will live on.
Mrs. Simpson Miller, in her statement, said despite being born into material comfort, Mr. Castro dedicated his life to the struggle for Cuba’s social and economic revolution and the liberation of the Cuban people.
She said, through his efforts, Cuba stands as a proud nation, providing quality education and training, a first rate health care system, among other social advances.
She noted that many of Jamaica’s best medical practitioners were trained free of cost in Cuba and Cuban doctors, nurses and other health care professionals continue to share their expertise locally.
P.J. Patterson, former Prime Minister of Jamaica, in his reaction to Fidel Castro’s death, characterised him as