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29 new doctors or dentists have joined the register of Seychelles Medical and Dental Council since the beginning of 2014.
Most of these doctors or dentists have come from Cuba, Germany, India and Sri Lanka. These four countries contributed twenty out of the 29 health professionals.
The remainder came from Austria, Australia, Ukraine, Pakistan, Macedonia, China, Belgium, Hungary and Spain.
For the first time in twenty years, the Seychelles Medical and Dental Council has participated in the policy review exercise of the government.
This follows requests from SMDC for budget assistance. SMDC is the only council in the health sector that has so far not received any such succour.
It is expected that through this exercise, SMDC could receive some assistance to implement its strategic plan, especially the recruitment of a full-time highly-qualified Registrar. The strategic plan was approved by the governing board of SMDC earlier this year.
The policy review exercise allows all budget-dependent organizations of the public service to present their current and future investment plans to the government. This is an important step in government’s short term budget planning.