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Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Cuba: champion of the public health
By Miozotis Fabelo Pinares.
Cuba, a small and blocked Island, registers better results today in the public health and the standard of living than many developed nations that make use of state-of-the-art technologies and have major financial resources.
The will of the Cuban State and the will of its people make possible this work of love and humanity that takes solidarity roots throughout the world.
The so-called pandemic of the century, the AIDS, each day claims new lives; however, this syndrome is not a lash in this Caribbean nation.
In the world, every minute 11 youths infected with the HIV are reported, 42 million people carry the virus, and more than three millions of them are less than 15 years old.
The most affected region in the planet is the Sub-Saharan Africa, and in some countries of that continent, one of five adults is HIV positive.
Unlike them in Cuba the treatment is completely free, and several anti retroviral agents are produced to make this therapy even cheaper. Notice that in other countries the therapy is over 12 000 US dollars, and of course, it is not within the reach of the people who are ill.
Cuba reports the lowest rate of infestation in the Americas, and has gained the recognition of international organizations for its contributions in the assistance to the patients suffering from VIH-AIDS, and for its collaboration with other countries.
In the province of Camagüey, some 500 km from Havana, only 145 cases have been detected from 1996 to 2003, and 26 demises have occurred.
These low indicators obey to the preventive programs promoted by the Ministry of Public Health and the attention the society and the family render to the ill people, for affection and confidence make them to keep emotionally balanced and with a high self-esteem.
Despite the shortages the people have to face due to the US blockade, the specialists on this field maintain the VIH-AIDS positive alive and with quality of life, thanks to their consecrated work that is done with lot of love.