Forty-one medical interns who studied abroad have passed their exams and are being sent to various provinces in South Africa. Engineering News reports that this adds to the 2,369 interns who have joined the Health Department from the beginning of this year.
The department said all hands were needed on deck and that this was the biggest medical intern allocation programme in history. Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said the human resources of the Health Department were the first pillar of the Presidential Health Compact.
“It is a premier position among the nine pillars, highlighting the significance government places on strengthening and sustaining human resources for the health care sector,” he commented.
The Minister pointed out that the country would also soon welcome more than 650 graduates from the Nelson Mandela Fidel Castro Cuba medical programme. These graduates will begin their re-integration programmes in preparation for their qualifications to practice in South Africa.
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