La Paz, Nov 13 (Prensa Latina) – The Latin American School of Medicine has been an important educational institution for many countries of the continent, Bolivian Deputy Health Minister Ariana Campero said today.
Campero, who graduated in 2011 in the referred center, located west of the Cuban capital, stressed that “physicians, human resources, committed to a free health system, with great values and principles and above all with social conscience for the poorest places of the continent, are trained” there.
In exclusive statements to Prensa Latina, Campero emphasized that the referred center “gives lodging to and trains professionals from the most neglected sectors. They are the physicians of the future and they probably would have never studied medicine in their own countries due to the elitist attitude of the career in the continent.”
The fact that they are from remote zones and are native from distant communities, guarantees their return to those places, where historically they never had physicians or where no physicians ever wanted to go. That guarantees their return to their community and give comprehensive care to their community, she stated.
She highlighted the idea by the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, promoter of the founding of the school, because “he had a great vision, because we create a better world, we guarantee the access to health and that means ensuring many other things: prevention, education, dignity, a life free of diseases.”
According to Campero, “every country that guarantees a health system based on professionals with commitments has guaranteed a change of mentality,” and added that there are many factors that make ELAM a visionary and beautiful project for everyone.
More than 4,000 Bolivians have graduated in the referred educational center, which is marking 15 years of founding in the coming days, and about 2,400 are working in programs such as “Salud” and the Juana Azurduy Bond, from the Bolivian government.