South-South Cooperation: 100 Nigerian doctors to return from Cuba

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100 Nigerian doctors to return from Cuba
Tuesday, June 26, 2007

ONE hundred Nigerian doctors are to graduate from Cuban medical schools and return to Nigeria in August.

The Cuban Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Elio Olivia, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja that the students had been studying in Cuba for the past seven years.

He said it had always been the policy of the Cuban government to train people in different fields, especially in the medical profession.

“Nigerian medical students are graduating this August and they are very happy about it,’’ he said.

The ambassador said despite limitations brought about by decades of economic sanctions by the United States, Cuba had sent doctors to 70 countries.

Olivia said Cuba had also provided modest amount of scholarship to some Nigerians in careers such as engineering, sports, telecommunications and agriculture.

On sports, he said about eight Nigerians had benefited from Cuban scholarships with two more to be trained in Physical Education at the Cuban International Sports Institute.

“They are trained as trainers so that when they come back to Nigeria, they can train others from their wealth of knowledge and experience,’’ he said.

Olivia said although Cuba had a population of 11 million, it had emerged as the 10th best in the Olympics.

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