14ymedio, Havana, 6 January 2016 – The news widely broadcast in Cuba’s official press regarding the disqualification, in their own country, of Argentinian doctors trained in Cuba, has turned out to be false, according to a clarification by Prensa Latina regarding a communication from Project Tatu, which brings together young doctors who have graduated from Cuba’s Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM).
Project Tatu, which has posted a statement on the internet, explained that the news was a lie, adding, “There is no legal way to nullify credentials once the qualification has been awarded.”
In the statement sent to Prensa Latina, the organization said, “We regret that many sympathetic press agencies have reproduced this unfounded information, creating great confusion.”
Patricio Ancarola, spokesperson for the Argentina Ministry of Health, also denied that the holder of that portfolio, Doctor Jorge Lemus, made a decision of this nature. In addition, Project Tatu said, “It is the Ministry of Education and not the Ministry of Health or the nation’s Health Minister, Dr. Jorge Lemus, as press reports have stated, which has the authority to recognize qualifications.”
ELAM, located in Havana, has trained over 25,000 doctors from 84 countries since its founding in 1999.