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STAFFING NEEDED FOR MEDICAL INSTITUTION
We are an expanding Medical Centre in the north-western part of the country and in keeping with our
existing services and the establishment of new ones, we are looking for highly motivated individuals who
understand the current practice of Medicine and who are interested in being part of a team which leaves
no stone unturned in providing excellent service in the area of patient care. All of the positions listed are
Full-time, unless otherwise stated.
The candidate should possess certification in the relevant field and work experience in a medical environment would be an asset.
Successful candidates will be required to work in various areas of services, including Medical and Lifestyle Assessment,
Specialist Outpatient Services, Imaging, Operative interventions, Dialysis, Physiotherapy, Dentistry, Engineering and
Maintenance. Business Management and Specialist Nursing post-graduate degrees would be considered suitable qualifi-
cations for this position. Preference will be given to candidates with more than 3 years experience in a similar field.
The incumbent would be required to provide on-site and on-call imaging service for X-ray, mammogram, fluoroscopy,
ultrasound, CT and MRI services. Applicants should possess the necessary qualifications in Radiography with at least 3
years experience in the appropriate subspecialty.
Our physiotherapists must possess at least a BSc or equivalent/related degree in Physiotherapy. Three or more years sub-
specialty training in the areas of stroke/brain-injured/cardiac rehabilitation is preferred. Our department provides care
on weekdays, evenings and weekends as needed.
Applicants must possess an MLT or equivalent degree, be at least 3 years post certification and have experience in a full
range of investigations (Haematology, Biochemistry and Immunology) in order to function in this busy department.
Participation in an on-call roster is a requirement.
Qualified RNs and ENAs are required to fill positions in the following areas: Medical/Surgical, Dialysis, ICU, Emergency
Room, Operating Theatre and Outpatient Services.
Applicants should possess a degree/certificate in Biomedical Engineering or Electronics notwithstanding consideration
would be given to interest persons with other engineering degrees. Preference will be given to candidates with 3 or more
years experience in a similar position. Please note that this position includes on-call sessions. Full-time TECHNICIANS
are also needed in this department with maintenance experience and certification where applicable.
Vacancies are available in Internal Medicine, Emergency Room/Family Practice and Critical Care/Anaesthesia. Sessions
are also available in Emergency Room/Family Practice.
Doctors are also invited to apply for courtesy privileges in Operating Theatre, Outpatient and Emergency Department.
All appropriately qualified specialists will be considered.
Applications are also available for PHARMACISTS, PHARMACY TECHNICIANS and DENTISTS on a part-time or
All applicants are also required to submit
a copy of the application to:
HAVANA---Every few years, Dr Leonardo Fernandez
flies to a nation shaken by natural disaster, political
turmoil or disease, leaving his hospital in eastern
Cuba for countries that have included Pakistan,
Nicaragua and East Timor.
On Tuesday, the intensive care specialist was headed
to the epicentre of the Ebola epidemic along with
90 other Cuban medical workers as part of a half-
century-old strategy that puts doctors on the front
lines of the country s foreign policy.
The 91 nurses and doctors going to Guinea and
Liberia join 165 already in Sierra Leone---making this
island of 11 million people one of the largest global
contributors of medical workers to the fight against
The commitment has drawn rare praise from the
US and focused worldwide attention on Cuba s unique
programme of medical diplomacy, which deploys
armies of doctors to win friends abroad and earn
more than $6 billion a year in desperately needed
Cuba has more than 50,000 medical workers in
more than 60 countries, many in nations like Brazil
that pay hundreds of millions a year for their services.
Others are on humanitarian missions that generate
good will abroad and bolster Cuba s efforts to portray
its medical system as one of the most important suc-
cesses of a socialist economy wracked by slow growth,
shortages and chronic underinvestment.
"Cuba is a lightweight boxer which boxes in the
superheavyweight classes precisely because of its
foreign policy and its international cooperation," said
John Kirk, chair of Latin American studies at Canada s
Dalhouse University and an expert on Cuban medical
"This is part of the Cuban political DNA...this is
altruism as well as burnishing its international cre-
Despite a latest set of pay raises, most Cuban
medics salaries don t top $75 a month, less than
many workers who work in tourism or other sectors
that bring in money from abroad. The foreign missions
nearly uniformly offer the chance to earn extra pay,
in many cases enough to buy a bigger home or new
Critics of Cuba s communist government have
blamed it in the past of exploiting the medics by
giving them just a meagre portion of the money paid
for their services and keeping the lion s share for the
But those who believe firmly in Cuba s communist
revolutionary ideology say a mission abroad is fun-
damental to the health workers self-identity.
"This is part of our training as Cuban medics .
When they ask for volunteers, whatever the situation,
most of us raise our hands," Fernandez said.
"This is a commitment to Africa, and it s a com-
mitment to this nation that has shaped us with the
ideals of altruism, self-sacrifice and humility."
All men, most of the volunteers have at least 20
years of experience, have completed several missions
overseas and are married with children, who are often
adults who themselves work in the Cuban medical
Cuban officials initially announced they would
send 461 doctors to Africa. Iliana Gonzalez, head of
training at Cuba s Central Medical Cooperation Unit
that helped prepare the anti-Ebola contingent, said
Tuesday the number actually sent to Africa would
remain at 256 until there was sufficient infrastructure
to accommodate the rest. (AP)
A child stands next to a
signboard reading "Police
order quarantined home
keep off" as a family
home is placed under
quarantine due to the
Ebola virus in Port Loko,
Sierra Leone, yesterday.
US authorities said
yesterday that everyone
traveling into the US
nations will be monitored
for symptoms for 21
days. AP PHOTO
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