Uninterrupted Cuban medical cooperation with Guatemala for 24 years 

Guatemala City, May 18 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Vice Minister of Health, Regla Angulo, highlighted here the ties of the island’s medical cooperation with Guatemala for 24 years without interruption.

During a visit to this Central American country, Angulo met with the Minister of Public Health and Social Assistance, Francisco Coma, to whom he conveyed the will to continue and strengthen this exchange for the benefit of primary care for the most vulnerable populations, explained the official in statements to Prensa Latina.

The deputy minister considered the opportunity to review with Coma the state of bilateral relations in terms of collaboration and the support of the Cuban Medical Brigade (BMC) to the different programs of the health institution very useful.

“There was very good communication, we talked about the work of our professionals in the communities with the most difficult access in the Guatemalan geography as part of primary health care, although we also have personnel in hospitals,” she specified.

Angulo highlighted, in turn, the monitoring and accompaniment of the staff of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance (Mspas) and its head to the BMC, currently made up of 405 professionals, mostly specialists in Comprehensive General Medicine.

The deputy minister recalled that in December of last year the agreement between the Mspas and the Cuban Ministry of Public Health was revitalized, one more step in strengthening bilateral relations and the ties that already unite us for 24 years of cooperation.

Part of the dialogue was occupied by the Operación Milagro program (free cataract surgeries), established here in 2006 with the start-up of four ophthalmological centers, vital today, with qualified specialists and a great impact on the Guatemalan population.

In that sense, Angulo specified, we discussed how the Mspas could give it continuity and support to extend its validity.

We also talked about the possibility of increasing new specialties and reinforcing areas of interest such as the Maternal and Child Program, although the priority will continue to be to have professionals graduated in Comprehensive General Medicine, she pointed out.

The social networks of the Mspas highlighted the visit with the title “For 24 years the Republic of Cuba has supported the Guatemalan health system” and Coma’s express gratitude.

Next November, the BMC will complete 24 years of work in the land of the Quetzal, scattered throughout almost all the municipalities of its complex geography, but in the most complex and difficult to access places, recalled its general coordinator, Dr. Marieta Cutino, who participated in the meeting with Coma.

Also present were Michelle Santana, head of the Department of International Cooperation of the Central Unit for Medical Cooperation of Cuba, and the ambassador of the Caribbean country in Guatemala, María del Pilar Fernández.


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