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medicaldoctorThe Citizen reports that Gauteng Health MEC Nomathemba Mokgethi has revealed that more students will be recruited for the controversial Cuban medicine study program.

Responding to questions by the DA’s Jack Bloom in the Gauteng Legislature, Mokgethi said there had been 264 students in Cuba in 2019 studying medicine, 114 in 2020, 25 in 2021 and 25 this year. She reportedly said the SA Cuba Binational Agreement was ongoing with more recruitments were planned. Bloom reacted: “It is disappointing that the department wishes to continue with a programme that is more than double the cost of local medical training. It also takes two years longer as there is an extra year to learn Spanish and they spend another year finalising their training at a South African medical school.” He went on to say that Gauteng should follow the Western Cape Health Department “which refuses to participate in this expensive programme.” According to Bloom, the money would be better spent to expand training at the three medical schools in Gauteng rather than paying an exorbitant amount for overseas training that still required an extra year of local training. The provincial treasury is currently doing a forensic audit on suspected corruption in this programme, which had a budget of R313 million last year.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Narissa Subramoney at The Citizen

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