Havana, Apr 19. - Cristian Morales, representative in Cuba of the Pan American organizations and World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), stressed that, despite the blockade of the United States for more than 55 years ago, the island reaches comparable indicators with developed nations.
In statements to the Cuban News Agency, the official of the international United Nations exemplified that this was the first country in the world to become certified, in 2015, for having eliminated the vertical transmission from mother to child transmission of HIV and congenital syphilis, and recently achieved its recertification for two more years.
For the 10th consecutive year, the Greater one of the Antilles has an infant mortality rate below five per 1,000 live births, and in 2017 closed with 4.0, the lowest rate in the region, including that of the United States.
The representative of PAHO/WHO also recalled that Cuba has eliminated malaria in 1970, as well as 12 diseases preventable by vaccines in its majority of national production.
In addition, he underlined that the life expectancy of Cubans at birth is almost 80 years ago, one of the highest in the Americas.
Morales stressed that these and other achievements are relevant for the impact they have on the health and well-being of the population, and show that it is possible that other nations can achieve these successes, which must be, fundamentally, the primary health care system in the communities.
In the 3rd International Convention, to be held in the capital fom April 23 to 27, with more than two thousand delegates from some 80 countries, Cuba will show the world the achievements in this field, including those of its collaboration in various nations from 1960, he said.
The appointment is 40 Years of the Alma-Ata Conference, where it has universalized them the principles of Primary Health Care and pondered the Cuban system, which with limited resources is an example in the region.
Announced that as part of the Convention, the next day 23, before the opening of the event, will be inaugurated the Vaccination Week in the Americas, which is held every year in a different country.
Cuba Health 2018 will meet in the Palace of Conventions in Havana, and also includes the 14th Trade Fair for Health for All, in the grounds of the capital of Pabexpo.
Some 60 high-level delegations, including 44 headed by Ministers of Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia, will attend the forum.
"This has positioned itself among the of the branch that is made in the world, the prestige of the Cuban Public Health at the global level," said Ileana Morales, director of the National Science and Technological Innovation of the Ministry of Public Health and President of the Organizing Committee. (ACN) Collage: File (RCA)