Training doctors for Cuba and the world

Training doctors for Cuba and the world

Lisandra Fariñas Acosta

WITH a commitment to continue guaranteeing the training and retraining of human resources required by the country’s public health system, the 2013-14 university year was officially opened at the Havana University of Medical Sciences (UCMH) in an event at the capital’s Salvador Allende Student Residency.

Jorge González Pérez, UCMH rector, affirmed that the training of human resources in order to maintain the country’s health system is an expression of the will of the state and a priority of the University, which provides 13 career courses and receives 10,475 undergraduates.

He emphasized that, for the first time in recent years, the University has met the matriculation plan in a group of careers. “The highest registration is currently that of Medicine, in which we are training 7,477 doctors, 71% of the undergraduate matriculation.”

However, he noted that there are still specialties to cover, including technical nursing, with 1,000 places, a situation which persists in Havana, where a progressive deficit in training is annually accumulating in this field, which could have repercussions in terms of quality of attention to the population.

“As an additional measure we have had to ask for solidarity aid from nursing technicians in other provinces of the country, until the capital has trained an adequate number of them. It has to be taken into account that the capital is the province with the largest number of health institutions, plus those of a national nature.

“Hence the need to take action to motivate and achieve an adequate matriculation in the field of Nursing, a scientific and humane profession recognized by the whole of our society. Every province has a high capacity for training its human resources in health, utilizing its own institutions,” Dr. González noted.

Speaking to the press, Health Minister Roberto Morales Ojeda stated that this new study year is aimed at consolidating the educational process, with an emphasis on instigating values in these professionals, “because they will be the continuation of our public health system, in which sensitivity, training and commitment cannot be missing.”

He also emphasized the importance of continuing the integration of teaching, research and medical attention in the search for higher indicators of health in the Cuban population, as well as satisfaction with the services provided.

“Currently, we have 85,000 students of medical sciences throughout the country, and approximately 10,000 students from 106 countries. The challenge of every day is to have professionals of the highest scientific level for Cuba and the world,” he noted.

During the event, dedicated to the 40th anniversary on September 11 of the death of Chilean President Salvador Allende as a consequence of the fascist military coup, members of the 32nd Carlos J. Finlay Medical Science Contingent were presented with the Cuban flag.

Students and professors also remembered Comandante Hugo Chávez Frías, condemned the unjust incarceration of the five Cuban anti-terrorists, and the threat of aggression against Syria on the part of the U.S. government.

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