Cuban graduates join SAMHS ranks


Twenty-one additions to the ranks of military medical doctors have been welcomed by acting Surgeon General on returning to South Africa after seven years of learning in Cuba.

“The SA Military Health Service (SAMHS) members who recently graduated in Cuba are back on home soil as medical doctors,” the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) reports. This intake of 21 medical doctors is a historic event in the history of the Military Health Service. An injection of this quantity of young blood all at once is the first of its kind to uplift military healthcare, the SANDF said.

“After a long seven years, the beneficiaries of the Military Skills Development (MSD) system qualified as medical doctors. Some were as young as 18 from different walks of life all with the ultimate goal of becoming doctors.

“Welcoming them Major General Peter Maphaha, acting Surgeon General, acknowledged their resilience during seven years of study in Cuba including a year of learning Spanish.

“Candidate Officer (Dr) Tshepiso Moeti graduated as top achiever. While excited about the accolades, she spoke of compassion, spiritual stability and patriotism as cornerstones of survival away from the family support structures. Sharing her experience, she explained: ‘Firstly, preventative medicine is the future. South Africa and the world should embrace it. Merging it with curative medicine is going to be exciting.’”