Friday, 14 November 2008 10:08 AM

Cuban medical scholarships

I can only drop in a compliment to Nestor's tone on the medical training in Cuba. I believe there was a gold-rush; the opportunity is perceived as the best gift ever to medicine in the Solomon Islands. We could have scanned the first batch before moving up the next rung. And by the way the fact that Cuba has one of the most successful public health programs in the world in terms of its health outcome indicators doesn't mean we can. They have a system that is laid on the foundations of the principles of socialism. The closest we can get to at the moment is that our health services are heavily subsidised by the gov't and prone to anything you can think of. I do not wish to challenge the intelligence of our fellow students in the program right now but as others have alluded to:Just because we can doesn't mean we can. If we can and should, then we ought to in a way that we should.

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