KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Sibongiseni Dlomo says the experience of South Africa’s Cuban-trained medical doctors will be crucial in the roll-out of the National Health Insurance scheme in the country.
Government is working on implementing the NHI which is aimed at providing universal and quality health care to all South Africans, regardless of their social standing in society.
Dlomo met with 300 medical students who are currently being trained in Cuba and who are in South Africa for the holidays.
He spoke to them about the practical experience they have gained while working in some of the country’s public hospitals while in South Africa.
He says he has been speaking to some of the students and it has been quite exciting.
He says: “It is important to value their training in Cuba which is orientating them about primary health care, which is what we need for NHI to succeed. This is what we need for turn around all the health outcomes that are bad in our country and in our province.”
“It is exciting to find them already complimenting that in a way that they respond,” adds Dlomo.