THE arrival in South Africa of 575 medical students who have been trained in Cuba since 2014, further confirms, if necessary, the excellence of relations between both nations.
In effect, according to Reynaldo Denis de Armas, head of Cuba’s medical collaboration, he told Prensa Latina that these young medical students, who returned this month on two charter flights, are really example of Nelson Mandela-Fidel Castro bilateral cooperation program signed in 1996.
Such a program, according to the Cuban ambassador in Pretoria, Rodolfo Benítez Verson, is a reflection of historical and special friendship and cooperation relations between Cuba and South Africa.
The United Nations rightly considers these relations as a global reference for true South-South Cooperation, he recalled.
Thanks to this program, adds Benítez Verson, over 1.500 young South Africans have already graduated as doctors (after studying in Cuba), and over 700 will get their degree this year.
It will be the largest doctor graduation in the entire history of South Africa, he highlighted.
These students will be sent to the Universities of Pretoria, KwaZulu Natal, Free State, Limpopo, Cape Town, as well as those of Sefako Makgatho (from Gauteng), Stellenbosh (Western Cape), Witwatersrand (Johannesburg), and Walter Sisulu (Eastern Cape).
Once sixth term of their career at these centers has finished, a group of professors and rectors of the Cuban Ministry of Public Health will travel to South Africa to take their state exam.
(COMPILED BY PRENSA LATINA)