And the check’s in the mail as well!!!
Medical student programme in Cuba under scrutiny
September 18, 2005, 15:30
The 15 Mpumalanga student doctors in Cuba could be the last group doing medical studies in the Caribbean. The Mpumalanga Health Department is investigating the possibility of enrolling future medical students at local universities to cut costs. The Department spends over R30 000 per annum for each student studying in Cuba.
Medical students on a study break say much of their medical equipment, that the Cuban government are suppose to supply, have to be supplied by the provincial government. These items are hard to find in Cuba.
“The provision of those things is suppose to done by the Cubans. Every time we ask about them they tell us they are on the boat from China this would go on for months,” Bongile Mabilane, a student doctor.
This situation has forced the provincial government to reconsider the whole programme. “The actual decision not to proceed with the programme still has to be taken. We really have to deal the economics of the whole programme to arrive at a decision at the right,” Phogisho Pasha, the MEC for Health in Mpumalanga.
The decision by the Mpumalanga government will not affect other provinces making use of the Cuba deal, as every province decide for themselves.
From SABC News via Luis G.