Fidel meets with WHO director general and PAHO director

ON Tuesday afternoon, the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, met with Dr. Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), accompanied by Dr. Mirta Roses, director of the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO). Both health officials have carried out an extensive program of exchange with Cuban health professionals and have visited various scientific and healthcare centers. In her conversation with Fidel, Dr. Chan expressed her admiration for the Cuban healthcare system and recognized the work carried out by the island to combat the A H1N1 flu pandemic, including its prevention measures. In that context, she said the WHO was willing to support our country’s efforts in that battle. During their extensive exchange, different issues were addressed, and information was provided on the disabilities study that is being carried out in several Latin American countries. Dr. Chan viewed with emotion a video on the Manuela Espejo Mission, [the study] now underway in Ecuador, and praised the work Cuba is carrying out in collaboration with other nations in the region. Fidel and Dr. Chan both expressed their concerns about climate change and other current environmental problems, their impact on health, and the threats they pose to human life. The leader of the Revolution thanked her for her visit to our country and expressions of support. Others participating in the meeting included Dr. Lea Guido, the UNAIDS coordinator for the WHO/PAHO in Cuba, and Fu Cong, advisor to the WHO director general. On the Cuban side, they included José Ramón Balaguer, member of the Political Bureau and minister of public health; Rolando Alfonso Borges, head of the Central Committee’s Ideological Department; Eusebio Leal Spengler, Havana City Historian; Marcia Cobas, deputy minister of public health, and Emelia Icart, director of the La Castellana Psycho-Pedagogic Medical Center. Translated by Granma International

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