If you fall ill in South Africa, first ask where your physician was trained…
Yeah, exercise caution: As previously reported here, Cuban-trained doctors may not know how to deal with your ailment.
Yet, the Castro Kingdom is intensifying its cash-for-doctors program in South Africa.
A report from the Ministry of Truth in Havana (Prensa Latina) contains all the details.
119 Cuban "collaborators" on the ground in S.A., and nearly 100 more about to join them.
Income from doctors-for-cash program in 2012: 3 million US dollars
Projected income for 2013: 10 million dollars.
These figures do not include the tuition charged to South African medical students who enroll in Cuba's abysmal training program. The Castro Kingdom is looking for 1,000 suckers to sign up -- and pay their own way -- in the near future.
No word from Prensa Latina on those South African medical officials who are alarmed at the poorly-prepared "doctors" spewed out by the Cuban program, who don't know how to treat common ailments such as diabetes and hypertension.
And still no word from the official who runs the African Student Program in Havana: Doctor Maximo Groucho Cara-Dura, Cuba's Minister of Health, Sanitation, Placebos, and Quackery.
Cuba, South Africa Consolidate Medical, Educational Cooperation
Pretoria, Aug 19 (Prensa Latina) Cuba and South Africa consolidated in the last months their medical-educational cooperation and in the teaching sector as well, showing significant progress for mutual benefit.
Doctor Alex Carreras Pons, head of the collaboration delegation of the Ministry of Public Health (Minsap) in South Africa, told Prensa Latina the advances of the links have been stable since the first agreement was signed in 1995.
Nearly 119 Cuban collaborators are currently in South Africa and 94 doctors will join the delegation next quarter to provide services on African soil, disclosed Carreras Pons.
Doctor Carreras Pons underlined that Cuba received over three million USD in 2012 for medical collaboration and the sale of biotechnology products.
Our country granted 60 scholarships to South Africans with few resources that wanted to attend medical school. Now Cuba grants 80 scholarships, but, since 2012, the agreement also included the self-financed opportunity, underlined the doctor.
Carreras Pons highlighted that Cuba offered South Africa to receive 1,000 young people per year that pay for their studies with reasonable tuitions, covered by their families or by the government of Pretoria.
In 2012, nearly 900 South African arrived in Havana and 915 already are sophomores, which represented an income equivalent to 10 million USD, noted the official.