WHO Director extols Cuban health values
Cuba: World Health Organization General Director Margaret Chan
recognized the values of the Cuban public health system, based on
In a press conference Wednesday, Dr. Chan highlighted the special
interest of the Cuban authorities to the promotion and prevention, the
early measures to reduce costs, and other aspects.
"No other country, no matter how powerful it is, can endure the high
costs of public health if the technology is not properly used," she
stated. Dr. Chan also talked about the public health indicators of Cuba
in infant mortality, high life expectancy and others.
"There are some things left to do regarding mother mortality,
particularly. Cuba must work harder to strengthen its response to
viruses and the handling of disasters, because Cuba is frequently hit
and affected by natural disasters." She said.
Chan recognized the Cuban Government has the right vision and
leadership to improve the health of the local people, highlighted the
dedication of the doctors and specialists, the scientific potential of
Cuba, and said Cuba is one of the nations believing in the investment of
On her meeting with Cuban Revolution Leader Fidel Castro, Dr. Chan
said she was very pleased because they "had a long chat, more than two
hours long, in which he showed himself quite dynamic, and his
comprehension of public health is really impressive." She appraised the
work of Cuban experts in other countries like Ecuador to identify
disabled people and do adequate surgical operations is very positive.
Havana, Prensa Latina