JOHANNESBURG - Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize says the 217 Cuban doctors who are in the country are here to augment South African resources, not take anyone's jobs.
Mkhize says they have skills in community medicine and will work along with South African health professionals.
“They are coming to augment what South African resources are, human resources are. So it is important to say the Cuban doctors are coming at our request to reinforce, particularly because they've got particular strength in the case of community medicine, that is where South Africa is very weak...”
He added that the Cuban doctors will offer interventions at a community level.
“Our model is more hospice-centric. It's about you get sick and you go to the hospital. In Cuba the model is different. You get sick before you get sick and then prevent it from getting sick and would not have to go to the hospital and that is necessary. Now that is the model we will achieve when we get our National Health Insurance.”
Mkhize assured South Africans that the health professionals are not here to anyone's jobs.
“We welcome these Cuban doctors...we want to assure everybody that they will not take anybody's post. They will actually be placed as a medical brigade that's coving to assist us and in the process, they will be working alongside South Africans,” Mkhize said.
The minister added that the number of health professionals will be increased.
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