Cuba for the Development of Public Health

Havana, Dec 4 (Prensa Latina) The development reached by Cuba’s health system has made it possible for the country to have one of the lowest infant mortality rates (4.5 per 1,000 live births) in the Americas.

Cuba’s work also influenced the increase in life expectancy (over 77 years) thanks to the control of many non-transmissible chronic diseases, among other actions.

The implementation and development of state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment technologies, as well as the vaccine, reagent, medicine industry and of other biotechnological products, are part of the progress registered in this nation over the past 50 years.

From 1959 to date, over 95,000 doctors, thousands of dentists, nurses and health technicians have graduated in Cuba.

Thanks to Operation Miracle, a project that began in 2004 at the request of leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, over two million eye surgeries were performed on patients from 32 nations.

These reflections served to celebrate the Day of Latin American Medicine on December 3, a date selected to celebrate the birthdate of Cuban scientist Carlos J. Finlay, who discovered that the Aedes aegypti mosquito transmitted yellow fever.

Modificado el ( domingo, 04 de diciembre de 2011 )

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