Dutch doctor praises Cuba’s achievements against Covid-19

Amsterdam, Nov 17 (Prensa Latina) Dutch Doctor and Professor Paul Jonas on Tuesday praised Cuba’s achievements in the fight against Covid-19, which he attributed to factors such as the Government’s rapid response and the preventive approach from the healthcare system.

Jonas shared with Prensa Latina his recent publication on Cuba’s fight against the pandemic in the prestigious medical Medisch Contact journal, an article in which he describes the country’s control over the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus as surprisingly very fast.

According to the professor from the University of Leiden Medical Center, in addition to the national outcomes, Cuba stands out for its assistance to other countries affected by Covid-19, despite the impact of the US economic, commercial and financial blockade and its progressive tightening during the Donald Trump administration.

The physician pointed out that thanks to prevention, the Cuban Government could implement in a quick and coordinated manner, a scientific plan, without the obstacle that other nations have, which is the impact on the healthcare system of privatization and capitalism with their market vision.

Already on January 30, on the day that the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Covid-19 an international emergency, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel addressed the people to prepare them for the challenge, the expert stated.

In that regard, the article highlighted the Government’s mobilization of all forces, a response that included door-to-door work by professionals and students to prevent and detect likely Covid-19 cases in the neighborhoods.

Jonas also emphasized the monitoring of infections and their contacts, based on quarantines, isolations and PCR tests (Polymerase Chain Reaction laboratory technique).

Likewise, valuable measures were the indication of using the facemask, the call for vulnerable people to stay home, the promotion of telework, social assistance and fines for those who did not comply with the measures, he summarized.

On his publication in the Medisch Contact journal, the Dutch doctor and professor celebrated Cuba’s advances in the production of medicines and in particular the use of 16 different drugs, with antivirals and immune system enhancers, as well as the development of four vaccine candidates against Covid-19.

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