Geneva, May 23.- Cuba has made available to the World Health Organization (WHO) all its experiences, specialized human resources, medical universities, pharmaceutical and biotechnological products to help the international body achieve its goal of Health for All.
Cuban Health Minister and Council of State Vice President, Dr. Roberto Morales made the offer May 22, in his remarks during the high level segment of the 71st World Health Assembly, which is meeting in Geneva May 21-26.
Morales pointed out that the island country continues to work under the concept expressed by the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, of sharing what it has, not what it has to spare.
He said that at a time when universal health coverage is a pending issue for many people around the world, 407,000 Cuban professionals have offered medical assistance in 164 countries around the world, while over 11,000 youth from 126 nations have graduated from Cuban medical schools.
Morales described to the delegates of the World Health Assembly the achievements of the island´s health care system, and mentioned important indicators such as life expectancy on the island (78.45 years) and the country’s infant mortality rate (4.0 per 1,000 live births).
“The elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis, and the eradication of 14 infectious diseases with the application of 11 vaccines are also important achievements”, said the Cuban minister.
(Translation by Jorge Ruiz Miyares – Radio Habana Cuba)