Bolivian Doctors Graduated in Cuba Return Home
Havana, Cuba, June 25 (RHC) A group of 146 new Bolivian doctors, who took their medical courses in Cuba, arrived in the Bolivian city of Cochabamba, where they were welcomed by relatives and friends.
According to Bolivia’s Opinion online daily, the group is part of 700 Bolivians who originally traveled to the island in 2005.
Heath and Sports minister Juan Carlos Calvimontes said that the new professionals will offer their services according to the country’s needs and that they are ready to reinforce the first and second medical attention levels in the national health system.
However, there is a group of the new medical doctors that will return to Cuba to do their specialties.
The minister recalled that a total of five hundred Bolivian youths traveled to Cuba and Venezuela to take scholarships and that in the case of medicine, this was the second group to have graduated, after nearly 700 doctors who finished their studies earlier.
Graduate Edilson Brito de Beni said he is willing to help the Bolivian population, particularly the most helpless ones, with the support of the government. He said he is now considering his return to the island for a specialty or his stay in Bolivia for a six-month social work period.
Oscar Rocha, the second in a family of six siblings in southern Cochabamba, said that thanks to this scholarship he became a doctor in Cuba, where direct contact with the people allowed him to get good medical practice.