SA sends students to Cuba

The Eastern Cape will send 25 students to study medicine in
Cuba this year, the provincial health department said on
Health MEC Sicelo Gqobana made the announcement during
Cuban public health minister Roberto Morales Ojeda’s visit
to the province, spokesman Sizwe Kupelo said
The Cuban minister’s visit was part of strengthening
relations between South Africa and Cuba in the medical
Cuba has in the past trained doctors from rural areas in
South Africa especially in primary health care.
Some of these students were from poor households in the
rural areas of the Eastern Cape who had obtained excellent
academic results and had an interest in the medical
profession, said Kupelo.
Cuba had an excellent model in medical training.
Kupelo said the Cuban minister was also in the province to
strengthen clinical research and development which the two countries would undertake together. – Sapa


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