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South Africa: North West Youth to Study Medicine in Cuba
Source: www.sanews.gov.za
Source Date: Tuesday, October 01, 2013
Country: South Africa
Created: Oct 01, 2013

Other criteria included a history of active involvement in their communities, and the potential to be a dedicated and caring doctor.
The province continues to see steady progress in addressing related challenges of scarce skills and training of health professionals, says Health MEC Magome Masike.
“Through the South African and Cuban Medical Programme, more and more medical professionals become available. The availability of extra doctors means more and more communities, especially in rural areas where most of them come from are able to be seen and treated by doctors,” says Masike.
Masike says the shortage of medical professionals is a national problem but affects the poor and rural population the most.
“Through the South Africa and Cuba Medical Programme, more and more medical professionals become available and this slowly but surely, reduces doctor patient contact in health facilities mainly serving rural communities,” the MEC said.
Currently, the province has 72 medical students from poor backgrounds who successfully completed their medical studies and are now serving their communities since inception of South Africa Cuba Medical programme in 1995.
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