UN Chief Highlights Cuban Health Achievements

Havana, Jan 28 (Prensa Latina) UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon highlighted here today the achievements made by Cuba’s health system and the assistance and solidarity offered by Cuban doctors worldwide.

“You must feel happy to be trained in the most advanced school of Medicine in the world,” he said in a meeting with students of the Havana-based Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM).

“I ask you to learn and take this opportunity to study in Cuba and work with me and with the United Nations to make this world a healthier, stronger place, with no children starving or people dying from preventable diseases such as malaria,” said Ban Ki-moon.

In his visit to ELAM, accompanied by the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Alicia Barcenas, Ban highlighted Cuban health results, including a low infant mortality rate, a higher life expectancy and a universal coverage, which he considered an example to many around the world.

He thanked Cuba and ELAM for their great contribution to South-South cooperation and solidarity worldwide.

He said he has visited many poor communities which have been victims of natural disasters and in many he has witnessed a common factor: the presence of Cuban doctors treating the population.

Ban and his entourage were received by Cuban Health Minister Roberto Morales and Rector of ELAM, Dr. Rafael Gonzalez.

The ElAm gives free training to youngsters from over 100 ethnic groups from poor families and remote areas in 123 countries.

At least 22,155 youngsters have graduated from ELAM, including 17,816 from Latin American and Caribbean countries.

Ban Ki-moon arrived to Havana yesterday. He was invited to attend the Second Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), in session here.


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South Nations Demand at UN End of US Blockade of Cuba

Havana, Sep 27.- Leaders of Latin American, African and Asian countries demanded at the United Nations General Assembly the lifting of the over-50-year US economic, commercial and financial blockade of Cuba.

During the session prime ministers and heads of state described the US blockade as policy of genocide, illegal, failed, a relic of the Cold War period, anachronistic and obstacle to development, among other terms.

Representing Latin America, the leaders of Bolivia, Antigua and Barbuda, Uruguay, El Salvador, Guyana, Trinidad-tobago demanded the end of the US siege which has inflicted huge damage on all Cuban economic and social sectors, particularly health and education.

Meanwhile, the representatives of South Africa, Namibia, Ghana, Chad, Mozambique and Gabon, and for Asia, the leaders of Sri Lanka and East Timor also called for the end of the US blocakde at the plenary session attended by 193 states, the overwhelming majority of which have repeatedly voted a Cuban resolution since 1992 demanding the lifting of the Uss anti-Cuba measure.

In his remarks at the forum, Bolivian President Evo Morales criticized the US administration for ignoring the claim by the international community against the US blockade of the island.(ACN)

US Blockade of Cuba, Four Days of Rejection at UN

United Nations, Sep 28 (Prensa Latina) Demanding that the United States lift its blockade of Cuba were presented in the first four days of discussions at the UN General Assembly, where Latin American, Caribbean and Asian countries showed their solidarity with the island. Presidents, prime ministers and ministers of foreign affairs of around 25 countries included in their speeches in full session of 193 States, denunciations, criticism and demands about the economic and financial siege that Washington has applied for more than 50 years.

On Friday, in the fourth of the seven days of the general discussion of the 68th period of sessions of the Assembly, presidents of Venezuela, Vietnam, Angola, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Gambia, Seychelles, Congo, Niger and Tanzania joined the demands to end the blockade.

The demands presented yesterday add to those on previous days of the general discussion, started on Tuesday at the UN by Bolivia, Antigua and Barbuda, Uruguay, El Salvador, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, South Africa, Algeria, Namibia, Ghana, Chad, Mozambique, Gabon, Sri Lanka and Timor-Leste.