Havana, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) Cuba is celebrating Children’s Day on Sunday with the guarantee of their rights, especially their universal and free access to health care and education.
Children’s Day will not be on this occasion celebrated masively like in previous years, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, even though Cuba is keeping the disease under control and has devoted special care to infants.
In this regard, Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel referred on Thursday to the country’s achievements in fighting the new coronavirus, and stressed that ‘it comforts and encourages’ that no child has passed away due to the disease.
In terms of health, Cuba is on 35th place among nations in the world with the lowest infant mortality rate, with five deaths per every 1,000 live births.
Cuba also reports a survival rate in the first five years of life of more than 99%, sustained over the last 20 years, according to the Ministry of Public Health.
In addition, the National Immunization Program guarantees nearly 100% vaccination coverage, including vaccines against 13 diseases, six of which have been eradicated in the country.
As to education, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in June recognized Cuba’s leadership due to the quality of education, inclusion and, in particular, for integrating 99.5% of children (under six years of age) into the educational system.