Cuba training: Mahama’s claim false – GHS boss
Former President John Mahama
The Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare, has said no Ghanaian Muslim woman was trained in Cuba as a gynaecologist over the past six years as being claimed by former president John Mahama.
Speaking at the Al Sunna Eid Prayers on the occasion of Eid ul Adha at the Efua Sutherland Park in Accra, Mr Mahama said his administration “deliberately decided” to give opportunity to females in the Muslim communities to be part of a training in Cuba to serve the Zongo communities.
“About six years ago, when we got scholarships to send some of our children to Cuba to train as Doctors, there was something significant we did. We deliberately decided to source girls from the Muslim communities to be part of the training, especially in the area of gynaecology.
“Our Muslim women who have difficulty when they have to go and consult medically for their reproductive health, prefer that a female doctor looks after them. Our plan was to train female doctors from our Muslim community so that when they come back, we can strategically place them. That will make it possible for our mothers and others who want to consult for their reproductive health to have our sisters who have qualified as doctors to be able to look after them,” Mahama stated.
However, the GHS boss said Mr. Mahama’s assertions do not support the records at the Service.
“No student was trained in gynaecology from the batch sent to Cuba then as claimed by former President John Mahama. In all, there were 217 General Practitioners and two Physiotherapists in that batch,” Dr Nsiah-Asare told a section of the media.
“One needs to graduate as a General Practitioner before he or she can even specialise. So it is wrong for the former President to allude that they deliberately sent female students to Cuba to be trained in gynaecology when they had not even been trained as general practitioners,” Dr Nsiah-Asare added.
“It is the current government which has sent 30 graduates to specialise in Cuba which is a novelty,” he added.
Meanwhile, vice president Dr Mahamudu Bawumia in his recent visit to Cuba announced that the North American country has accepted to train 40 brilliant but needy medical students a year from Zongo, inner-city and other deprived communities in Ghana. Under this arrangement, 40 Ghanaian students, comprising 20 males and 20 females will be trained.