HAVANA, Sep 30 – Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa announced a strategy to improve his country’s healthcare system with the hiring of one thousand Cuban doctors, given the lack of physicians in the South American nation.
We need family doctors, so we will hire Cuban physicians, said Correa in his radio and TV weekend sow, aired from the province of Guayas, PL news agency reported from the capital Quito.
The strategy, to be implemented till 2017, includes the construction of one thousand 582 healthcare centers outfitted with all necessary resources, plus 163 general hospital and 24 specialized medical institutions. All those facilities will require some 18 thousand 675 health professionals, half of whom must be doctors.
Correa said that Ecuadorian youths are currently taking medical courses in Cuba, though they will take some years to graduate, so in the meanwhile the Cuban doctors will be hired. He said that the best example for the Ecuadorian health project to follow is Cuba, which has one of the most comprehensive health systems of the world.