Streaming issues? Report here
Aubrey Masango 2019 BW Aubrey Masango 2019 BW
The Aubrey Masango Show
20:00 - 23:59
volume_up
volume_mute

The Aubrey Masango Show
20:00 - 23:59
Home
arrow_forward
Local

South Africa needs more medical schools, says Wits professor

16 September 2019 4:43 PM
Tags:
Cuba
Wits University
Doctors
Medicine
Health Sciences Faculty
medical doctor
Professor Martin Veller

The yearly cost of training a South African to become a doctor in Cuba is more than double what it would be at a local med school.

Professor Martin Veller says South Africa needs to establish more medical schools to ensure that enough doctors enter the health system.

Professor Veller, the dean of the health sciences faculty at Wits University, says South Africa's doctor:population ratio remains a cause for concern.

We have roughly 0.8 doctors per 1,000 population. The international average is 1.5 doctors per 1,000 population. For economies of equivalent size to South Africa, the average is 2 doctors per 1,000 population.

Prof Martin Veller, Dean of Health Sciences at Wits University

Some reports have questioned the value of South Africa's massive programme for training medical students in Cuba.

It's alleged that Cuban medical training takes two years longer than South African medical training and it costs twice as much.

Prof Veller says South Africa's existing medicine faculties are at capacity and risk compromising the quality of training if the student numbers are increased.

We are still not training enough doctors.

Prof Martin Veller, Dean of Health Sciences at Wits University

We clearly have a shortage of medical doctors and need to increase those numbers.

Prof Martin Veller, Dean of Health Sciences at Wits University

Yes, we do need more medical schools.

Prof Martin Veller, Dean of Health Sciences at Wits University

Listen to the discussion on Afternoon Drive with John Maytham:


16 September 2019 4:43 PM
Tags:
Cuba
Wits University
Doctors
Medicine
Health Sciences Faculty
medical doctor
Professor Martin Veller

Recommended

More from Local

newlands-rugbypng

WP Rugby's Newlands development deal in jeopardy as Marais stalls on paperwork

5 June 2020 7:23 PM

It's reported that Western Province Rugby boss Zelt Marais did not sign the final documents handing over Newlands development rights to Investec.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

not-in-my-name-protest-tweet-pic-croppedjpg

#NotInMyName stages picket outside US Embassy echoing calls for racial justice

5 June 2020 2:21 PM

Not In My Name SA picketed outside the US Embassy in solidarity with the international voices against racism and police brutality.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

cloudy-deliveries-branded-bicylcles-facebookjpg

Meet Colin Mkosi, the brains behind the bike delivery biz uplifting Langa youth

5 June 2020 12:12 PM

Cloudy Deliveries is a youth-run business in Langa, Cape Town that's helping the community during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Ventilator hospital icu intensive care 123rf 123rflifestyle

Eastern Cape healthcare system is starting to fall over as infections take off

5 June 2020 10:35 AM

"Our health system has never been as healthy [as that of the Western Cape]," says Estelle Ellis. "We’re not OK. I’m worried."

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Rat rodents in home 123rf

'Lockdown has seen a huge increase in rodent activity'

5 June 2020 10:29 AM

Pest Free SA says its a consequence of more people being at home with more food scraps and fewer people in the commercial space.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

premier-alan-winde-wearing-face-maskjpg

Premier concedes that new testing plan will affect Western Cape's Covid-19 stats

4 June 2020 6:28 PM

Premier Alan Winde agrees that the new restrictions placed on Covid-19 testing will make the province's infection data unreliable.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

robjpg

[LISTEN] Did my father really die from Covid-19 asks SA radio host

4 June 2020 5:42 PM

Former KFM DJ Rob Vember speaks to John Maytham about the events leading up to his father's death last Friday evening.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

cooler-box-beer-booze-alcohol-liquor-transportation-car- drunk-driving-123rf

UPDATE: Members of the public are free to transport booze at any time

4 June 2020 5:28 PM

You can't get arrested for transporting booze outside of level 3 trading hours, an attorney has confirmed with SAPS.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Cyril Ramaphosa

How government's lack of transparency has fueled mistrust during Covid-19 crisis

4 June 2020 4:46 PM

Not sharing information with the public is unhelpful and lacks foresight says activist and writer Koketso Moeti.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

office-desk-work-space-workplace-employee-Covid-19-safety-disinfectant-123rf

Your employer isn't Covid-compliant, can you refuse to go to work?

4 June 2020 3:08 PM

Despite millions of people returning to work this week, the labour department says only 55% of companies are Covid-compliant.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward