Cuba with Remarkable Survival Rate in Children Heart Surgeries

By Martha Cabrales Arias

Santiago de Cuba, Mar 10 (Prensa Latina) With a survival rate of more than 90 percent, Cuba is now showing encouraging results in cardio-pediatric surgery, based on the operation of a national referral network for countries with the same development.

In statements to Prensa Latina, Dr. Herminia Palenzuela, specialist of the William Soler Pediatric Cardiac Centre of Havana, and coordinator of that system pointed out that there are more than 10,000 surgical operations performed in that facility, axis of this first level care in the nation.

She also mentioned the thousands of interventional catheterization procedures carried out throughout the 31 years of that hospital, located according to his qualified personnel and equipment in a mid-range worldwide, in accordance with the political will to prioritize such a sensitive field of the medicine.

Founder of that institution, Palenzuela stated that the basic component of this noble task in for the health of the Cuban children is the National Cardio-Pediatric Network itself and primary health care, through which congenital anomalies and cardiac conditions can be detected in time.

‘There has to be a prepared and committed staff to diagnose them, treat them and, if necessary, refer them to William Soler,’ added the expert, who pointed out that before the opening of that center there was no cardiovascular surgery for those ages in the country and the sick had no future.

He highlighted the importance of the assistance role of neonatologists for the early detection and follow-up of surgically treated patients when returning to their provinces, where a team headed by a cardiopaediatrician and with the support of other specialists, nurses and technicians is in charge of their care.

During two days the 30th Meeting of this valuable area of the Cuban health system was held in this city, with analysis about its behavior in several territories, a workshop on prenatal diagnosis and updates on cardiomyopathies and interventional catheterization.

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