Sukaina Hamma Kori from the Saharan Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) was one of 19 doctors from 13 countries who graduated from the Holguin University of Medical Sciences.
On this occasion, he said: “It is very difficult for me to summarize what the experience of studying in Cuba meant, because it was something unique. We have learned about life as health professionals and, above all, we have grown as human beings to give back the little that everyone has. Professionally, I couldn’t be more satisfied because I’ve had the joy of sharing with great teachers, I would say the best, and I hope to share this knowledge in the future.
“The plan has always been to study medicine in Cuba and then apply the knowledge gained in practice in our countries, in areas where so many people need it. Bring public medicine from here, primary health care, to apply it, so that we will already repay the service that Cuba has rendered us.”
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Recent graduates belong to the continents of Asia, Africa, America and Oceania from countries such as Suriname, Equatorial Guinea, Bhutan, Solomon Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, Camoras, Burundi, Rwanda, Republic of Fiji, Vietnam, Barbado, SADR and Lessoto.
A special moment during the action was the presentation of a cultural number in the interpretation of graduates from the Republic of Fiji, as well as the presentation of special recognition to graduates of these countries called the Cuban Institute for Friendship with Peoples (ICAP); along with the initiative of recently graduated students to recognize professors who have left a mark on their personal and professional training, an expression of a high level of methodological and research training, demonstrated in the continuous training of wholesome and humane professionals.
The rector of this institution, Dr. Galina Galceran Chacon, one of the recognized professors, said in the central words of the act that “the challenges will continue and the values that they have managed to incorporate into their training will mark their behavior. The profession of a doctor requires great personal effort, self-sacrifice, insomnia and perseverance. We will miss you, and we are sure that Cuba will remain in your heart, so the doors of this center will always be open for you.”
On this occasion, UCMHo awarded outstanding graduates in a comprehensive and by field and awarded six gold titles, among which the best graduate of the Faculty of Education was Dr. Nihat Nilofa Begg from the Republic of Fiji, who, with an academic index of four points 92, participated in seven scientific conferences; She was the Academic Group Representative from 2017 to 2019 and has participated in various Nations Galas. She joined the Solidarity Movement with Palestine and Puerto Rico in 2022 and is currently President of the Fiji Delegation to Cuba, Representative to the Council of Nations and Holguín OCLAE.
While the career best graduate was Dr. Robert Ishimwe from the Republic of Rwanda, who said, “We arrived in Cuba in 2016 after a painful farewell because we left our family to study medicine. We had to choose between the pain of being separated from our family and the pain of continuing to see children, pregnant women and the elderly without medical care. We started our journey at the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM), and in retrospect it seems crazy that in six months we learned Spanish without knowing a word.
“At the end of the second year, we moved to Holguin province with the hope of moving to a province closer to Havana, and a few months later, thanks to the quality of teaching at this university and the good attention received, they made us change our mentality, wanting to get a degree in Holguin.”
Since this graduation, more than 2,550 specialists from 65 countries have been trained in this institution of higher education. The action was dedicated to the memory of Fidel Castro Ruz, the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution and the initiator of the creation of the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM); the most versatile of Cubans, José Martí Pérez, on the 170th anniversary of his birth; and the Heroic Partisan Ernesto Che Guevara, an exemplary internationalist doctor, on the 95th anniversary of his birth.
These students completed five rotations of internships in advance of their curriculum and passed the state examination in family medical offices accredited for training located at the Mario Gutiérrez Ardaia, Alex Urquiola Marrero and Julio Grave de Peralta University Polyclinics. So, on July 21, the House of Higher Education dressed up to make clear its mission to train professionals for Cuba and the world.