The National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] has learnt of the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma, described as “the first Category 5 hurricane to make landfall in Cuba's history”. There are reports of considerable damage to infrastructure, homes including regrettable loss of lives. Our thoughts are with the government of the Republic of Cuba, Cubans and families affected by the hurricane. We convey our deepest condolences to all Cuban people. NEHAWU takes this opportunity to wish all Cuban authorities and the population in general well as they are focusing on recovery efforts to restore basic services to the population and repair the material damages.
Natal Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo has described the scores of Cuba-trained medical students who graduated in Durban today(14 July 2017)as pioneers of government’s efforts to re-engineer primary healthcare in the country.
MEC Dhlomo was speaking at a graduation ceremony for 70 medical students (13 from KZN, and 57 from various parts of the country) who were conferred their medical degrees after studying in Cuba for six years and finishing at various South African universities, including the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
This high-level graduation ceremony was attended by, among others, deputy minister Dr Joe Phaahla, his Excellency: Cuban Ambassador, Carlos Fernάndez de Cossion; Deputy Minister of Health, Republic of Cuba, Dr Ileana Morales, and academics.