- 87 new doctors graduated at the Walter Sisulu University in the Eastern Cape
- The doctors studied for 5 years in Cuba as part of the Nelson Mandela Fidel Castro Medical Collaboration (NMFCMC) Programme
- Rural communities are set to benefit from their skills as the doctors are set to serve the communities they come from
Eighty-seven new doctors graduated at the Walter Sisulu University in the Eastern Cape recently.
The group studied for 5 years in Cuba as part of the Nelson Mandela Fidel Castro Medical Collaboration (NMFCMC) Programme.
The medical professionals also completed one year of clinical training in local universities to assist with their integration into the healthcare system.
Prof. Rob Midgley, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Walter Sisulu University, congratulated the group and challenged them to join the “elite” group of doctors who serve the world.
The programme was initially started in 1996 and this is the largest group of graduates.
Eastern Cape Premier Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane and Health Deputy Minister Joe Phaahla were in attendance, while the degrees were conferred by Rector of the University of Medical Sciences of Havana, Luis Alberto Pisch Garcia.
Good Things Guy reported that the rural communities stand to benefit the most as the doctors will be deployed to serve the communities they come from.
Briefly.co.za understands that the Department of Health stated this to be a huge boost for the potential implementation of the National Health Insurance (NHI).
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