According to KwaZulu-Natal health MEC, Sibongiseni Dhomo, it is better to import Cuban doctors to train medical students than to export the students to Cuban where most abandon their training and prioritize on “praying and preaching”.
The health MEC demanded of the national government to recruit Cuban medical practitioners and bring them to South Africa to train the nation’s medical students.
Dhomo was addressing the Finance Portfolio Committee in Pietermaritzburg when he opined that it is more cost-effective to bring Cuban doctors to South Africa instead of the usual practice of sending the students to Cuba.
Speaking, Dhomo said; “I have made my request to both Dr Aaaron Motsoaledi (Health Minister) and Higher Education Minister 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.”
He indicated that what he’s suggesting was successfully implemented in Angola and is operating smoothly. Also, he argued that if implemented in South Africa, it will go a long way to resolve the shortage of doctors in the country.
To Dhomo, the training the students get from Cuban doctors is qualitative but the practice of sending them to Cuba is expensive. “It is the best training in the world, they do not have malaria, there is no TB and women are not dying during the childbirth, and that is the best outcome the world over.
“What do you do in order to train a doctor? You need a teacher, student and patient and we have these here in the province,” he said.