Pietermaritzburg – KwaZulu-Natal’s health MEC Sibongiseni Dhomo has asked the national government to recruit Cuban doctors to train South African medical students.
Addressing the Finance Portfolio Committee in Pietermaritzburg, Dhlomo said he believed it would be more cost effective to bring Cuban doctors to South Africa to train local students than to send them to cuba.
Dhlomo told committee members the programme in which South African students were being trained in Cuba was expensive, but he stressed that the form of training received by students was second to none.
“I have made my request to both (Health Minister) Dr Elias Motsoaledi and Higher Education Minister Dr Blade Nzimande that we get Cuban professionals to conduct the training of our students in this country because it is the most cost effective method of training when you can get 20 professional to train 400 students,” said Dhlomo.
He said he had recently visited Angola where such a programme is operating.