Cuba to train 40 Zongo, poor medical students yearly


The government of Cuba has accepted to train 40 brilliant but needy medical students a year from Zongo, inner-city and other deprived communities in Ghana.

Ghana’s Vice-President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, made the proposal to the government of Cuba to extend the special arrangement between the two countries for the training of health personnel, to deprived communities in Ghana.

Dr Bawumia made the proposal when he held bilateral talks with the President of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel, as part of a two-day official visit to the Caribbean country.

According to officials, the programme will begin next year. Gender parity will be ensured in the selection process – 20 males and 20 females.

The President of Cuba noted that over the years, the government of Cuba has tried to demystify the training of doctors by making sure the study of medicine is not the preserve of the elite. Cuba has 80,000 doctors as a result.

He lauded Ghana’s efforts to offer medical training to brilliant but needy students from poor communities like the Zongos and inner-cities and said that Cuba is ready to support Ghana in achieving its goal.

The training of the doctors and other professionals from poor communities will not only lift them out of poverty but also provide important role models for other children in those communities.

Dr Bawumia also witnessed, as part of the visit, the graduation ceremony of 221 newly-trained medical personnel at the University of Medical Sciences, Cuba. A Ghanaian doctor, Ahmed Ayebeng Owusu, was adjudged the overall best foreign student.

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