New York Times Recognizes Cuba’s Health Achievements

Washington, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) Cuba is doing an awesome job in the health sector, from which the United States could learn, an editorial in The New York Times newspaper stated Friday.

Infant mortality in Cuba is only 4 deaths per 1,000 live births, according to official statistics, and in the United States it is 5.9.

In other words, it explains, a U.S. infant is almost 50 percent more likely to die than an infant in Cuba.

Thus, 7,500 U.S. children die each year because we don’t have an infant mortality rate as favorable as that reported by Cuba, Nicholas Kristof, author of the study, added.

The material states that Cuba has a health system accessible to everyone, something that many Americans dream of.

However, it repeats regular criticisms of the Cuban political system by the American press.

On the other hand, it recognizes it is remarkable that Cuba has achieved excellent health results despite the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by Washington more than 55 years ago.

This policy, the editorial points out, seriously harms the Cuban economy and restricts access to medical equipment.

The text, along with other examples, states that during a typical pregnancy a Cuban woman can make 10 visits to the doctor’s office in her health area and receive eight from the doctor at home.

Such an amount may be excessive, but it is certainly preferable to usual care in, for example, Texas, where one-third of pregnant women do not receive a single prenatal exam in the first trimester of pregnancy, it remarked.

Home visits are also an opportunity to reach the elderly and disabled, train dysfunctional families, such as those suffering from alcoholism, and work on prevention, the editorial stresses.

It asserts that Cuba creates a global public good with its doctors, and the Cuban health professionals can be found in various nations, as well as the training offered to these physicians.

Hundreds of Cuban doctors also risked their lives to travel to West Africa during the Ebola virus crisis, it recalls.

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