HAVANA TIMES – Brazilian doctors objected Wednesday to the recent announcement that their government plans to hire 6000 Cuban doctors to meet the shortfall of health professionals in interior regions of the nation, reports AP.
The president of the National Federation of Physicians, Geraldo Ferreira Filho, questioned the formation of Cuban professionals to the National Congress, revealing that in several years, up to 95% of the foreign educated doctors who attempted to have their medical degrees revalidated in Brazil failed to pass.
For his part, the mayor of the city of Bage, Dudu Colombo, defended the hiring of foreign doctors to fill the gap in remote areas, where there is about one doctor for every thousand inhabitants, according to the Federal Council of Medicine.
“We are demanding more doctors because people need doctors. There is a shortage of 6000 doctors in the Family Health Strategy program of the Family” he told Congress.
The export of health services is, moreover, one of the main earners of the Cuban economy.