"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.
“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".
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