Kinshasa, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) Scientists from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Cuba held a fruitful exchange of experiences on the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, a diplomatic source confirmed on Saturday in this capital.
In statements to Prensa Latina, Cuba’s ambassador in DRC, Eva Yelina Silva, set out that the talks via videoconference have lasted for over three hours in a cooperative and cordial environment.
The talks addressed the progress of research in the DRC to adopt a therapeutic scheme for treating the disease, highlighted the diplomat, appreciating the interest of Congolese professionals in learning about Cuba’s practices in tackling the epidemic.
At the virtual meeting, Cuban scientists were present, such as the international sales director of the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB), Miriela Gil Mena, and Dr. Hugo Nodarse Cuni, from the Department of Clinical Research and product manager Heberon Alfa R (Recombinant Human Interferon Alfa 2b), from the same institute.
Dr. Gillian Martinez Donato, a Cuban specialist in commercial management at the CIGB and responsible for biomedical projects, and the director of international sales Ibis Portuondo Martinez also spoke.
Meanwhile, the Congolese delegation was made up of the Honorary Rector of Luumbashi University and Senator of the Republic, Kaumba Lufunda; and Professor Michel Walaka Ekwalanga, specialist in virology and immunology, promoter here of the Bela therapeutic scheme against Covid-19 and member of the National Scientific Commission that assists the government in fighting against the pandemic.
The DRC delegation also included Professor Philomene Lungu, an expert in immuno-hematology and a member of the aforementioned scientific commission, as well as lawmakers and representatives of the Lubumbashi University clinical research center, belonging to the province of Alto Katanga.
According to the ambassador, the DRC experts were interested in hearing the criteria of Cuban colleagues about the national therapeutic scheme, obtaining information about the practices in Cuba and the development of biotechnological products now used in the fight against the pandemic.
The Congolese side repeatedly praised Cuba’s success in fighting against Covid-19 and its solidarity with other nations, the ambassador reported.
Eva Yelina Silva deemed that this rapprochement among scientists allowed us to verify ‘how positive is sincere solidarity and the willingness to share knowledge for the sake of the health and life of both peoples.’