Today South Africa’s ninth medical school has officially opened its doors to new medical students at the University of Limpopo.

The new medical school at the University of Limpopo’s Turfloop Campus has for the first time enrolled 60 new medicine students for the MBCHB Degree.

Commenting on the establishment of the new facility, the Limpopo Department of Health (DoH) said: “The establishment of a medical school has been in the pipeline for some years and the enrolment of these students signifies a major milestone in the history of the province.”

During the ceremonious event, Limpopo Health MEC, Dr Phophi Ramathuba, formally welcomed and handed over 60 white coats to the university’s first medical students.

Meanwhile, the Free Market Foundation has called for the establishment of private medical schools to address the shortage of medical doctors in the country, reported Health Systems Trust.

According to Business Day, South Africa has one of the lowest doctor to patient ratios in the world, and the country’s medical schools are producing just more than 1,000 doctors a year, which is not enough.

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