- The director general of Ghana Health Service, Dr. Nsiah-Asare has refuted claims by former president John Mahama that some Muslim women were trained as gynaecologist in Cuba
- Mr. Mahama said his administration deliberately decided to give opportunity to females in the Muslim communities to be part of a training in Cuba to serve the Zongo communities
The Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare, has challenged John Mahama’s claims that some female Muslims were trained to be gynaecologists in Cuba.
Speaking on the occasion of Eid ul Adha at the Efua Sutherland Park, Mahama said while in office, the NDC deliberately selected female Muslim students to be sent to Cuba and trained in gynaecology.
He explained that the move was geared towards ensuring that Muslim women who have difficulty to consult male gynaecologists no longer have to face such problems.
"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 gynaecology,” the former President said.
“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 added.
Reacting to this, the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service said Mahama told a blatant lie.
Dr. Nsiah-Asare said no student from that batch was sent to Cuba to be trained as a gynaecologist, as claimed by Mahama.
He said the batch sent to Cuba six years ago had 217 General Practitioners and two Physiotherapists.
"No student was trained in gynaecology from the batch sent to Cuba then as claimed by former President John Mahama,” he rebutted.
"One needs to graduate as a General Practitioner before he or she can even specialise. So it is wrong for the former President to allude that they deliberately female students to Cuba to be trained in gynaecology when they had not even be trained as general practitioners.”
Meanwhile, the government of Cuba has agreed to offer training to 40 brilliant but needy medical students from the various deprived communities in Ghana.
This was revealed by the Vice President Dr. Mahamamudu Bawumia during celebration of the Eid-uL-Adha at the Black Star Square.
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