St. Kitts Medical Students Off To Cuba
Photo By Erasmus Williams
Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
September 23, 2009 (CUOPM)
Five more Kittitians, between the ages of 17 and 22 left here on Tuesday to study medicine in Cuba, bringing to 63 the number of nationals currently pursuing tertiary-level education at several universities in the larger Caribbean republic.
The five, 17-year-old Yannick Mills of St. Paul’s; 18-year-old Carlton Williams of St. Peters; 19-year-old Coleen Martin of Middle Island; 20-year-old Rozella Richardson of Saddlers and 22-year-old Trisha Laplace of Sandy Point, will spend the first year preparing for their medical degrees.
The five nationals spent Monday in a final briefing session with Human Resource Manager with responsibility for Training in the Human Resource Department in the Prime Minister’s Ministry, Ms. Heather Richardson; Assistant Manager, Ms. Jamilah Adams; Cuba’s Ambassador to St. Kitts and Nevis Her Excellency Ana Maria Gonzalez and First Secretary, Leonel Lazo Montalvo.
Ambassador Gonzalez said 52 nationals have successfully completed degrees in 39 professional careers. 23 are medical doctors, 8 of whom are currently in Cuba, specializing in various fields. Dr. Dale Crawford of Molineux is specialising in gynecology; Dr. Davine Wilkes of St. Peters in Anesthesiology; Cleo Smithen-Romany of Nevis in pediatrics; Dr. Dwayne Hendrickson of Old Road and Dr. Darryl Warner of Sandy Point in orthopedics; Dr. Yren Clarke of St. Peter’s in radiology; Dr. Randy Liburd of Cayon in orthodontist and Dr. Joylette Woodley, surgery.
A few weeks ago two doctors were among the four nationals graduating from Cuba this year.