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Ferguson justifies Cuban infusion in health sector

Published:Monday | November 18, 2013 | 9:52 AM

Jamaica's health minister Dr Fenton Ferguson has sought to justify the decision to use 20 medical professionals from Cuba to fill vacant posts here.



According to Ferguson, the recruitment of professionals from countries partnering with Jamaica is one of the strategies being used to fill positions in the public health sector.



He said where certain trained specialists are not available in Jamaica; they have to be flown in for the efficient maintenance of the health system.



Ferguson also sought to explain that it takes two to three years to graduate a specialist in the health sector.



At the same time, he says Jamaica continues to lose highly-trained workers to developed countries as the professionals search for higher salaries.



On Friday, 20 Cuban health professionals arrived in the island.



They are to be placed across the four Regional Health Authorities

The Cuban health professionals comprise two pathologists, three dentists, three general practitioners, one neonatologist, five neonatology nurse, one primary health care nurse, four nephrology nurses and one nephrologist.



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