Solomons students head to Cuba

Solomons students head to Cuba

Solomons students head to Cuba

Updated 19 December 2011, 13:00 AEDT

A group of 25 Solomon Islands High School graduates are on their way to Cuba to join another 25 already there studying to become doctors.

The airfares of this second group are expected to be paid for by Iran.

Solomon Islands under-secretary for healthcare, Dr Cedric Alependava, has told Radio Australia the country needs a lot more trained doctors.

"We do not have a lot of doctors," he said.

"Actually there are 60 doctors serving in Solomon Islands and one doctor serving roughly 9,000 people and the benchmark which WHO requires a country to have in ratio to populaton is one to 500".

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