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Monday, September 18, 2017

Recovery of Cuban Health Sector after Hurricane Makes Progress

Havana, Sep 18.- Since Hurricane Irma hit Cuba, the country has been recovering its damaged health centers without epidemiological situations, top leaders from the health sector said.

Jose Betancourt, Civil Defense director at the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP), said that about 785 units (including pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, blood banks and others) were affected by the cyclone.

The main damage in the health sector occurred in Villa Clara, Ciego de Avila, Havana, Camagüey and Sancti Spiritus, in that order, he stated.
The expert also stressed that for the now, there are no outbreaks of imported external diseases or any others associated with food hygiene, nor arboviruses with a high rate of infection.

Local authorities are sanitizing the contaminated water resources and ensuring the quality of food, especially in the shelters where people took refuge, he added.

About the state of the medical universities in Cuba, MINSAP's teaching director, Jorge Gonzalez, noted that 70 percent of the educational centers are already operational.

As of Monday, September 18, more than 90 percent of the country's medical universities will resume classes, he said.
Finally, the director of Investment and Maintenance at MINSAP underlined that the economic damage by Hurricane Irma has not been estimated yet. (Prensa Latina)