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World Health Organization, Cuba: WHO Praises Efforts and Contributions to Health Education and Prevention

First Posted: Jul 20, 2014 12:54 PM EDT
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The World Health Organization said Cuba has set an example in health standards for other countries to follow, as well has been instrumental in its offering medical training for thousands of doctors and nurses-to-be worldwide.

On a visit to the country last week, director general of WHO Dr. Margaret Chan, told Agencia Cubana de Noticias (ACN).

"Whenever I come to Cuba I find something new about its health scientists and professionals, and in these two days of an intense program I will know more about the work now being done in public health, research, biopharmaceuticals and other fields."

Chan also spoke about the difficulties an island like Cuba has while constantly facing extreme weather, according to Prensa Latina.

The country understands the necessity of access to health benefits, Chan said.

"Cuba is the only country I've seen has a health system closely related to research and development in a closed cycle. This is the right direction, because human health can not improve if there is no innovation," she said.

By comparison, areas like West Africa where treatment of the Ebola virus continues to be thwarted by local customs and fear, increasing the number of cases and deaths.

Cuba's achievements in health education, promotion and prevention, were exceptional in light of its economic independence from countries like the U.S., Chan said.

The country has developed 33 kits to test for 19 diseases, according to ACN.

She also visited the country's Centro de Control Estatal de Medicamentos, Dispositivos y Equipamientos Médicos (Center for State Control of Drugs, Medical Devices and Equipment, CECMED) and congratulated them for completing 25 years, adding praise for Fidel and Raul Castro for their long-term vision in establishing such a center, according to La Red 21.

"We passionately wish all people on the planet have access to quality medical services, like in Cuba," Chan said, according to ACN.

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