HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 14 (acn) Cuba is one of the few countries that continues working to guarantee health and education as rights, said on Monday in this capital Doctor Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO).Chan, who is on a working visit to the island along with Doctor Carissa F. Etienne, director of the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), made this statement during a tour of the capital’s Immuno-essay Center.
The two officials verified there the development of the SUMA technology and the 33 kits to diagnose 19 diseases, among them colon, prostate and cervix cancers.
At Havana’s Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology and in the presence of Roberto Morales, member of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party and Minister of Health, and Jose Luis Di Fabio, representative to the island of the WHO/PAHO, they were given details about the BioCubaFarma Business Group, which has 38 enterprises and 78 factories with production centers throughout the country.
“This is my third visit to Cuba and I’m very happy to be back,” declared Margaret Chan, who passed on her gratitude to the government and the people for her stay in the country again.
“Whenever I come to Cuba I find something new about its health scientists and professionals, and in these two days of an intense program I will know more about the work now being done in public health, research, biopharmaceuticals and other fields, she stressed.
Chan expressed her interest in the inter-sectorial approach of public health in Cuba, which includes health promotion, prevention and education, unlike other nations, where such objective is difficult to achieve.
“We passionately wish all people on the planet have access to quality medical services, like in en Cuba”, underlined Chan, who highlighted the way in which non-transmissible chronic diseases are treated, being prevention the corner stone.
Chan will end her visit on Tuesday and will attend the inauguration of the Center for the State Control of Medicaments, Equipment and Medical Devices.