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Salvadorians to Cuba to Study Medicine
The young people, from the 14 departments of the country, thanked the Cuban government and leader Fidel Castro for this opportunity the y have been offered to be trained as doctors and be able to help their people.

"We are going to Cuba, with the promise of taking welfare and health to all our people, without exclusion," said Jorge Luis Rivas, of the Chalchuapa municipality, in Santa Ana department.

In a farewell meeting to the scholars, they paid homage to historic leader of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) Shcafik Handal, who died in 2006, and boosted the ELAM project in El Salvador to improve his people's health.

Juana Concepcion Vasquez, grandmother of one of those benefited with a scholarship, recalled that many people dies due to shortage of medicine or funds, not being able to pay to see a doctor or a surgery.

In El Salvador, poverty reaches 36.8 percent of the population, and the rate reaches 42.9 percent in rural areas, while the child mortality rate is around 22 per every 1,000 live births.

Vasquez said she hoped there would be an eventual FMLN victory in the March 15 elections to reduce these figures.

(Juventud Rebelde)

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