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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Cuba upholds health care as an elemental human right in Geneva

Cuban Deputy Health Minister José Ángel Portal maintained the notion that health care is an essential human right at the 64th Assembly of the World Health Organization, and communicated Cuba’s concern for the grave crisis that engulfs the world today in all aspects of life and how that predicament affects each country in particular, specially the poor and marginalized groups of those countries, for whom, in addition to hunger and malnutrition, access to health care services is a chimera.

Portal praised the prioritization of prevention and control of non-transmissible diseases at this WHO meeting, given the present international situation of morbidity and mortality, and restated Cuba’s support for the WHO strategy to fight those diseases, based on surveillance, primary prevention and stronger healthcare systems.

The Cuban Deputy Minister also took the occasion to remark Cuba’s achievements in health care, such as the extraordinary infant mortality rate of 4.5 per 1,000 live births at the end of 2010.

Cuba’s health care system is considered to be one of the best in the world, superior to that of some developed countries. It could be argued, however, that other countries are not blockaded and have not been under the constant and mounting aggression of the most powerful power of the world, which turns those achievements in real deeds.

with information from Prensa Latina

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