Ay! It seems that the South African physicians trained in Castrogonia return to their native land ill-prepared to deal with some of the most common illnesses such as tuberculosis, diabetes, and HIV, or with routine medical emergencies, such as childbirth.
It also seems that the excuse given for this disaster is that in Castrogonia the medical system is so advanced that no one gets sick. Yes, that’s it. Cuban medical schools train doctors for “preventative” care. And the prevention works so well that they actually never need to treat sick people. One must assume that the reason for not training doctors to handle childbirth is that abortion is such a huge component of Castrogonia’s “preventative” care miracle.
Any way you slice this rotten fruit, the fact remains that South African officials are starting to notice that it stinks. But at this point, they are laying the blame on themselves, for lagging so far behind the paradisiacal kingdom of Castrogonia, where clairvoyant doctors prevent every illness and medical emergency.
Update: No response yet from the official who runs the African Student Program in Havana: Doctor Maximo Groucho Cara-Dura, Cuba’s Minister of Health, Sanitation, and Placebos.
From IOL News
SA-Cuba medical programme criticised
Pretoria – Medical experts have criticised the South African-Cuban doctor programme, saying the South African doctors were not adequately equipped when they came home.
Last week, 62 medical students returned from Cuba to begin the last leg of their training to become qualified doctors.
According to the Department of Health, there are 1 003 South African medical students training in Cuba.
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi aims to increase the number of doctors trained in South Africa from 1 200 to 3 600 a year, with local medical schools already having upped their intake by 160 last year.
But the lack of facilities and places available has led to students being sent to train in Cuba.
“The burden of disease in Cuba is very different,” explained Elma de Vries, a doctor based in Mitchells Plain and a former chairman of The Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa.
According to De Vries, when the freshly-trained doctors return to South Africa they do so without having been trained in how to deal with TB, HIV or the complications of diabetes.
They also hadn’t been trained to deal with women in labour, she said.
The students spend their first year in Cuba learning Spanish.
They spend another five years in medical school in Cuba before returning here to finish their training, which takes between 12 and 18 months.
“It’s a long, tedious and expensive process, and it’s very hard for them to meet expectations,” she said.
Errol Holland, chairman of the South African Committee of Medical Deans, which represents all eight medical schools in the country, agreed with De Vries.
“They have a preventative healthcare system and we are not there yet,” he said. Students going to Cuba are trained in the needs of the Cuban health-care system.”
Holland said his committee had raised “issues” with Motsoaledi about the exchange programme.
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