Taxpayers will fork out R83 million for Cuban medical brigade's extended stay

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Cuban doctors during a welcoming ceremony for Cuban health workers.
Cuban doctors during a welcoming ceremony for Cuban health workers.
PHOTO: Gallo Images/Misha Jordaan

The Cuban medical brigade is remaining in the country for another 12 months.

This time, the government is forking out R83 million in salaries for specialists in areas in which South Africa has shortages.

The health ministry has defended the government's move, reiterating that though skills of the Cubans were available in the country, it was limited in number and not equitably distributed across the nation.

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