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13-Aug-2019  
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Former President John Dramani Mahama may have to take back his words, after claims that his administration made a conscious effort to select female Muslim students to be trained in gynaecology in Cuba has been described as false.


Speaking at the Al Sunna Eid prayers on the occasion of Eid ul-Adha at the Efua Sutherland Park in Accra last Sunday, Mr Mahama said his government deliberately decided to source girls from the Muslim communities to be part of the training, especially in the area of gynaecology.

"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 Muslim communities to be part of the training, especially in the area of gyneacology. 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" he said.



However, at the handing-over ceremony of the Cuban-trained medical doctors by the Scholarships Secretariat at the University of Ghana, Scholarships Secretariat Registrar, Mr Kingsley Agyemang, said Mr. Mahama should be the last person to take any glory in the successful passing out of the Ghanaian doctors because his negotiation only ended up incurring more debt for the country.

“His negotiations led to Ghana paying for tuition, accommodation, feeding, monthly stipends, annual book and medical allowance, air return ticket and end-of-course shipment allowance. The arrangement burdened the national purse by over US$150,000 per trainee for the duration of the seven-year programme. This arrangement was obviously not a scholarship from the Cuban government,” he said.

He clarified that out of the 250 Ghanaians sent to Cuba, only 85 were females out of which about only 20 percent were Muslims and "if the former President had negotiated a better deal, Ghana would have had 500 students being trained as doctors by the Cuban government and not 250".



According to him on average, the government is spending no less than $150,000 on each student for the seven-year course.

 

“In 2012, Mahama’s negotiations led to government spending US$96,050 on each medical student. As I speak now, in 2019, the same Cuban authorities after negotiations with the present government brought the figure down to US$55,000 meaning Ghana under Mahama had a bad deal,” he said.

 

Distress calls

 

On assuming the reins of power, the NPP according to Mr Agyemang, paid the 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17 academic years' tuition fees of the medical students, which had been ignored by President Mahama.


“What you should bear in mind as graduates is that this government, led by His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, prioritized the requests from the Cuban Medical Services for the payment of tuition and, accommodation fees which were due them for the 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17 academic years. He further settled the almost a year’s stipends which had not been paid to you medical doctors, as a result of his general commitment towards empowering Ghanaian students everywhere,” he told the graduate doctors.

 

He said the government had also borne the statutory fees which are mandatory for every graduate doctor in order to acquire certification from the Medical and Dental Council.

 

Advise to young doctors

 

Meanwhile, the Registrar has advised the young doctors to ensure they put what they have learned into practice for the betterment of Ghanaians.


“You must reject all forms of pessimism about the notion of health delivery systems in the country, realizing that your efforts in that city, town, or village will go a long way in improving the overall health conditions of our country.


“Believe in the tools and training you have been given and know you can rise to be the best in your field if you set your mind to it.



“I want you to understand that, as a government, we empathize with you on the enormity of the work ahead and the difficulties that may come up. We are however very optimistic that your training in Cuba has put you in a better position as men and women who will not settle for our medical situation as it is, but will generate the necessary courage to bring change and relief to Ghanaians wherever you are sent,” he said.



Numbers

 

Two hundred and twenty (220) Ghanaian students successfully graduated, out of the initial 250. Nine failed the Cuban State Exam and are to rewrite in October. Seven engaged in various infractions of the laws of the Republic of Cuba and as a result, were sent home.



Thirteen students repeated or changed their courses, and one student was brought home for medical reasons and expected to resume his studies when fully recovered.


One graduate student by name Abdul Rahman Iddrisu has allegedly bolted and two other doctors refused to tender relevant documents to the Ghanaian diplomatic mission in Havana.
 
 
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Name: KK Amoah
does that change the fact that it was under his tenure that the student were sent to Cuba? the fact of the matter is that Ghanaians have been trained, whether gynaecologist, general practitioners male or female, it doesn't change anything.. super -incompetent bunch of ***barred word***, how many have you sent since you took the reigns of this country.1d1iots
 
Name: HolyGhost
The scholarship secretariat has not exposes anyone, he is rather being petty with lies just because he is npp ***barred word***.
 
Name: ONAAPO
Oooh Ex President Mahama, can please speak like a statesman for once, Aaaba,
 
Name: Esposito
It's just common sense that an ex-government cannot pay debt it incurred during its tenure. Every government, whether NPP or NDC has a point in time paid debt owed by its predecessor. Look, when it comes to negotiations too, NPP is no better with what we've seen with AMERI, PDS, infrastructure development in Ghana today. NPP has renegotiated a lot of deals and undertaken project which were more expensive compared to what the NDC did.
 
Name: paa Mills
Mr.Mahama still think that Ghanaians have short memory therefore can talk anyhow and believe same to be the truth. He was a president of Ghana and so why all these inaccurate information put out just because of votes. Mr. Mahama understand this principle that you coming to loot Ghanaians once again is impossible and will never see the light.It appears you are underestimating Ghanaians what they can do.Proof as a statesman and stop the lies
 
Name: kaku
I remember some of these Cuban doctors became armed robbers in Cuba because Mahama failed to give them their stipends. They were so hungry and frustrated that they became ***barred word***. That is the legacy of Mahama for these Cuban=-trained doctors. Go to the archives and read.
 
Name: Obrefo
Why are we paying such a huge amount to the Cuban government to train some of our doctors? All along, we were made to believe, they were given us scholarships and grants. Why can't the government open additional medical schools with the money we're paying to the Cuban government in Ghana? the over $400 million paid to Cuba to train 250 doctors can set up medical schools in Ghana and boost the economy as well. This decision to train our doctors in Cuba is not making economic sense at all.
 
Name: MR. MAHAMA GOD IS INDEED FIGHTING FOR YOU
THEY THOUGHT BY CLOSING MEDIA HOUSES AND THREATENING US WITH DEATH WE WILL KEEP SHUT AFTER HOW MANY YEARS AND THEY ARE STILL MENTIONING YOUR NAME, GOD SAYS I SHOULD TELL YOU, HE THE LORD WILL FIGHT FOR YOU AND THERE WILL BE NO NEED TO DO ANYTHING. BE STILL AND KNOW THAT HE IS GOD.
 
Name: MAHAMA'S GOD IS STILLING FIGHTING
THEY WILL NEVER LEAVE MAHAMA ALONE AND APOLOGISE TO THE GOOD PEOPLE OF GHANA THAT THEY HAVE INDEED FAILED. AND MR. MAHAMA IS REALLY A SAINT. TELL GHANAIAN WHAT YOU HAVE DONE, HIS LEGACY IS CLEAR AND EVERY GOOD THINKING GHANAIAN IS SEEING. GOD WILL REALLY DEAL WITH YOU AND EXPOSE ALL LIES. SHAME ON YOU ALL EVIL, BLOODY LIERS.
 
Name: First Lady Elect.
Very soon the NPP appointees including the uselesss one TUO will blame their infidelity on Mahama even though he left office about 3 years ago.
 



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