HAVANA.—Dr. Gerardo Castellanos, chief of the Pan American and World Health Organization’s (PAHO / WHO) Unit for Neglected, Tropical and Vector Borne diseases in Washington, praised the work of Cuba in the prevention and control of dengue.
During the 14th International Dengue Course, which concluded on Friday at the Pedro Kourí Institute of Tropical Medicine (IPK) in Havana and saw the participation of professionals from 35 countries, the expert told AIN that the Cuban institution is one of the great bastions in which the PAHO / WHO find support to control the disease in the Americas.
The IPK is a PAHO / WHO Collaborating Center for the Study of Dengue and its Vector, of which there are three others based in Argentina, Brazil and the United States, Castellanos explained, while he passed on his congratulations to the Cuban government and health authorities for promoting further international exchange between specialists in different fields.
Regarding the recent course, which began on August 10, Castellanos described it as an adequate space to present progress in different areas for the control and prevention of this disease, which continues to spread both in the Americas and the rest of the world.
The PAHO / WHO expert stressed the importance of shared responsibility and that health authorities work together with other sectors and the community, to ensure all make the commitment to work towards eradicating the disease.