Nevis Health Minister lauds student’s scholarship acceptance to Cuban medical school

NIA Charlestown Nevis (September 20, 2013) – Minister of Health in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) and Area Representative for St. Johns Parish Hon. Mark Brantley, congratulated Bath Village resident, Ms. Kentisha Daley for being named as the Nevis recipient for 2013 who successfully won a Cuban Scholarship Programme to pursue studies in the medical field.

The Minister of Health, in an interview with the Department of Information on September 10, 2013, explained the need for doctors on the island and commended Ms. Daley on her acceptance into medical school in Cuba.

“Nevis of course needs doctors we always do, the world needs doctors because clearly if there’s one thing we’re all sure of, we’re all going to get sick at some point in time. So I’m very happy that you have taken this plunge. I’m really happy for all that we’ve been able to do to facilitate this trip, it’s the first step in a very long journey but I wanted to wish you all the very best, every success in Cuba and I look forward to welcoming you back home, whenever that is, when you are done and I can say welcome home Dr. Kentisha Daley,” he stated.

Mr. Brantley said he wanted to formally and publicly congratulate the Young Bath Villager for what he described as her phenomenal achievement

“I’m very happy that you as a young person have decided to use your skills, your energy and your intellect, to go off and so something as significant as medicine,” he said.

Miss Daley assured that after her long journey in pursuit of a career in medicine, she planned to return to her homeland to contribute to her community.

“It’s going to be a long journey but in the end I’ll be able to come back here and help a lot of people so it will be worth it,” she said.

The Cuban Scholarship Programme has offered the willing applicants in the Federation the opportunity to study in Cuba in the areas or Medicine, Accounting and Dentistry.

Miss Daley, who is the lone Nevisian scholarship holder for the 2013 programme, left for Cuba on Thursday September 12. She is at present attending the Latin American School of Medicine. She is expected to study Spanish in her first year and then move on to study general medicine shortly after mastering the language.

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