FotosPL: Jorge Pérez
Havana, Jul 24 (Prensa Latina) Almost 500 doctors from 84 countries received their university diplomas from the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM), only one in the world dedicated to train foreign doctors for free.
With this 15th graduation in that center, about 29,600 doctors from third world nations mainly graduated there with the purpose of contributing to the health efforts of their countries.
Haitian Patric Delly, president of the International Medical Society of ELAM, stressed at the ceremony held at Karl Marx Theater in Havana that while powers increase their military expenses, a country blocked and besieged as Cuba privileges the training of doctors for the world.
Delly, who is also director of Hygiene and Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health of his country and graduated from the first graduation of ELAM, recalled the emergence of that prestigious higher education institution that trains physicians of science and conscience.
The historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro founded this center in 1999 after two hurricanes passed through Central America and the Caribbean, facing the need to send thousands of doctors to attend these nations.
At the ceremony, to which Cuban Vice President Roberto Morales also attended, Health Minister Jose Angel Portal called on graduates to be faithful to the principles in which they were trained: Let them always be distinguished by solidarity and nobility, he said.