Cuban Health Minister Ratifies Willingness to Cooperate with Mexico

Mexico, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Public Health Minister Jose Angel Portal has confirmed on Thursday the island’s willingness to share knowledge and cooperate on several medical fields with Mexico under the principle of solidarity among people.

Portal, who leads an official Cuban delegation, spoke at a meeting with representatives of the Presidency of the Republic, the Secretariat of Health, the National Commission for the Social Protection and the State’s Employees’ Security and Social Services Institute.

Portal put as an example of this solidarity the more than 35,000 foreign health professionals who have graduated in Cuba, despite the effects of the US economic blockade, whose cost in this sensitive sector exceeds US$1.9 billion.

The minister leads an official delegation that has held several working meetings with high-level government officials and a broader fraternal meeting at the Cuban embassy, in which he talked about the functioning and results of the National Health System in the Caribbean nation.

Thanks to its preventive, community and intersectoral approach, Cuba has maintained low infant mortality rates, disease control through vaccination campaigns and an average life expectancy of 78 years, he said.

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