Mexico-Cuba Ministerial Health Meeting Concludes

Mexico, Jun 26 (Prensa Latina) A high-level health meeting between Mexico and Cuba concluded with positive results in the exchange of experiences, a joint statement says.

Mexican Secretary of Health Jorge Alcocer and Cuban Public Health Minister Jose Angel Portal led on Tuesday the respective delegations to update each other on the progress and new features of the sector in each country.

Alcocer highlighted how the Cuban people fight Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), and assured that the current administration in Mexico is working to enforce the population’s right to health with a vision focused on people, the family and the communities.

The Cuban minister said that the health system of his country has implemented social, health and public policies to place people in center stage, under the principles that health is free, accessible, regionalized, comprehensive and without discrimination.

Portal mentioned that Cubans’ life expectancy in late 2018 was 78 years of age for men and more than 80 years for women. He said the immune level of children is higher than 98 percent and 14 infectious diseases have been eradicated, 11 of them prevented by vaccination.

The minister highlighted Mexico’s dignified and solidary position against the most complex scenarios in the region, in addition to training Mexican health professionals among 35,000 foreigners graduated in medicine in Cuba, a country that has suffered the effects of the US-imposed economic blockade for almost 60 years.

As part of his working visit to Mexico, Portal will hold meetings with the president of the Mexican Social Security Institute and the president of State’s Employees’ Security and Social Services Institute, in addition to touring health institutions.

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