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The Cuban Government has raised the number of scholarships offered to Pakistans medical graduates from 400 to 600 this year.

Gustavo Machine Gomaz,the Ambassador of Cuba to Pakistan, who called on Sindh Health Minister, Syed Sardar Ahmed here on Monday said these scholarships offered through Higher Education Commission was initiated in 2005.

Against the 400 Pakistani doctors, including 78 from Sindh, who went to Cuba for post graduate training last year - 600 would be leaving this year including 140 from Sindh, he informed the Minister.

The Minister expressing his gratitude to the Ambassador said cooperation between the two countries in the field of health will open new vistas and boost their friendship.

The Minister also expressed his pleasure that the 600 Pakistani doctors leaving for Cuba this year also include 140 from Sindh.

With regard to steps taken by the provincial government for provision for basic health-care facilities in the rural and remotest parts of the province, he said efforts are underway to introduce tele-medicine.

"Under this arrangement experienced medical professionals are offering required assistance to the rural Sindh based needy patients through satellite and internet," Syed Sardar Ahmed said.

The Ambassador was further informed that patients with neurological complaints, maternity and child related problems as well as those exposed to accidents and trauma are to particularly benefit through the arrangement.

The Minister said these patients who otherwise are unable to reach tertiary care hospitals either due to paucity of money or due to distance will avail updated facilities at their doorsteps without any additional expenses.

This, he said was besides the initiative being offered to doctors, paramedics and other relevant medical personnel to motivate them join health care facilities located in the rural areas of the province.

Syed Sardar Ahmed also informed the Cuban Ambassador that the province along with all other parts of the country is making all out efforts to eradicate polio through Expanded Program of Immunization.

On the occasion Syed Sardar Ahmed presented Ambassador Gustavo Machine Gornez books related to the history of Sindh.
Source: Associated Press of Pakistan


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