By Alex López Almaguer (firstname.lastname@example.org) / Radio Cadena Agramonte
After a year of work, Camaguey public health network exhibits many achievements and faces no few challenges. The shortages of some resources owing to the complicated international economic situation did not crack the will of the health personnel in this Cuban central province, which is compromised in pushing the medical care program forward, offering benefits to the whole community.
The recovery of the facilities severely harmed by the hurricanes that hit the island in 2008, marked the beginning of a colossal toil which was characterized by the inauguration of new services, with the support of all the workers of the sector and the self-training of its professional staff.
The consolidation of the Mother-Child Attention Program was once again demonstrated after having reached an infant mortality rate of 4.1 deaths per 1000 live births. Nevertheless, the specialists who are in charge of this important task of the health system in Camaguey are willing to strengthen their attention to the pregnant women with chronic ailments, to the low birth weight newborn babies, and the proper guidance to families in order to avoid teenage pregnancy.
The involvement of patients with mental disorders to daily tasks, and the treatment of neurological pathologies, show how much has been done so far in favor of those who need a specialized checkup. The current year meant a stride forward in the treatment of the acute renal failure, with the inauguration of new services of hemodialysis and a major number of kidney transplantations.
Services of cardiology, x-rays, rehabilitation, ultrasound diagnosis, endoscopy and cardiovascular urgencies were gradually incorporated, for which the medical staff took training courses.
Likewise, the work in the Intensive Care Units reached greatest proportions, particularly in rural municipalities, which did not provide these services before for lacking surgical hospitals, thousands of lives have been saved thanks to these new services.
On the other hand, the medical staff from Camaguey took a message of encouragement and of hope to Africa, Asia and Latin America. Basically in diverse rural communities in the Latin American region, where the support of these Cuban collaborators was conspicuous in providing health and sanitary education, as part of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas agreements signed between Cuba and Venezuela.
Camagüey is Cuba’s second province after Havana, with the highest index of diabetic patients, hence the scientific community concentrates their efforts in developing other therapeutic variants, as injecting mother cells in persons with vascular afflictions and the application of Hebertprot P cautery . The opening of a center for patient with diabetes, obviously improved the infrastructure of the territory for preventing and treating the illness that today affects nearly 40 thousand persons in this province.
In this period it was also worth mentioning the dedication of those who are members of the Movement of Innovators and Rationalizers in this sector, to make possible that equipment used in the diagnosis of the illnesses could continue functioning, even when spare parts are lacking.
The year that almost comes to an end was also marked by new models of education and better material conditions and of life at Carlos J Finlay Highest Institute of Medical Sciences, which allowed raising the quality in the formation of the new technicians and specialists in the sector.
Altogether, the people of Camaguey face the epidemiologic situation Cuba and the world are living today, particularly under the threat of the pandemic influenza A (H1N1). In the provincial context, it is a priority to guarantee the human and material resources which are at the disposal of the eradication campaign against the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
In addition, local scientists are seeking solutions to the above-mentioned epidemiologic situation through clinical trials in the fields of oncology and the services of microbiology and parasitology.
In this brief summary of the health sector in Camaguey, it should be mentioned the implementation of new techniques and surgical procedures that permit a better attention to persons afflicted with ophthalmological disorders.
For the year 2010, the public health sector in Camagüey will deal with new challenges, now that the world economic situation worsens and the U.S. imperialist blockade against the island nation remains intact, notwithstanding services increase and professionals are willing to continue with the work of the Revolution. (Translated by Gualveris Rosales Sánchez)