Bisho - Addressing the shortage of medical practitioners in the Eastern Cape, Premier Oscar Mabuyane said his administration was in the process of establishing the second medical school and veterinary school in the province by the end of the year.
Mabuyane was delivering his State of the Province Address at the Bisho legislature.
Mabuyane said the schools will be opened in the Nelson Mandela University and the University of Fort Hare respectively, "to respond to the issue of shortage of doctors in the province".
"Two months ago, the previous Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, issued the much-awaited letter providing approval from the Department of Health for Nelson Mandela University to establish the tenth Medical School in the country," Mabuyane said.
Mabuyane said they had a special appeal to the councils, management and alumni of both the Walter Sisulu University and Forth Hare to return these institutions to normality.