SOUTH AFRICA WELCOMES HOME 260 MEDICAL STUDENTS FROM CUBA

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has welcomed homer 260 South African medical students who have completed their five-year medical studies in Cuba and will now complete their sixth and final year of studies in South Africa to qualify as doctoes.

The Minister, accompanied by his deputy, Joe Phaahla, together with families and loved ones welcomed back the medical students at a ceremony at OR Tambo International Airport here on Saturday evening.

Smiles as well as big hugs were the order of the day at the ceremony.

The medical students had studied in Cuba as part of the Nelson Mandela Fidel Castro (NMFC) medical collaboration programme of the Department of Health.

South Africa and Cuba have maintained long-standing diplomatic relations since this country’s first democratic elections in 1994 which have resulted in various bilateral agreements on public health including the training of South African medical students in Cuba to sustain the health system.

Speaking at a graduation ceremony at the Victoria de Giron Medical Institute in Cuba, last month, Minister in the Presidency Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said the medical graduates from the NMFC programme in Cuba are a boost for the country’s efforts to implement the National Health Insurance (NHI).

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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