Cuban Medical Assistance Highlighted At International Seminar

Havana, March 10 (AIN) Cuban medical assistance being provided to other nations is playing a vital role: this is the main topic of discussion today at the 9th International Seminar on Primary Healthcare taking place in Havana from March 6-10.

Specialists and coordinators of Cuban medical brigades in Guatemala, Haiti and Belize are presenting a workshop on Cuba’s Comprehensive Healthcare Program; this special initiative has been successfully implemented since 1998 in nearly 30 nations in Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and Africa.

The workshop presenters are also highlighting the fact that since 1963, over 100,000 Cuban doctors have served in a hundred countries around the world, thereby contributing to the improvement in healthcare indicators in the most isolated corners of the planet.

Currently, more than 24,000 Cuban physicians are paying service in 40 countries. The island has also contributed to the training of close to 4,000 doctors and technicians, and to the creation of nine medical schools abroad.

Over the past five days such Cuban experiences in family medicine have been shared with more than 1,000 experts from 22 nations. The visitors praised the island’s public health system, which exhibits healthcare indicators comparable only to those of developed countries.

Today’s agenda also includes a presentation on Venezuela’s public health care system and another on the development of biotechnology in Cuba.

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