Havana.- Cuban experts have developed a new treatment against cancer using a toxin produced by the blue scorpion, as part of a nationwide strategy to fight that scourge.

Over 70,000 patients have benefited from the treatment, which has successfully been tested by researchers in eastern Cuba.

Patients come from all over the country and several European and Latin American nations, including Mexico, which hosted the International Congress on Traditional and Alternative Therapeutic Medicine at the beginning of this decade.

The drug, called Escozul, has successfully been tested in HIV-AIDS patients at the Mbarara University Hospital in Uganda.

Escozul has benefited 10,000 patients this year, and forms part of a National Research and Development Project approved by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (CITMA) and directed by the Oncology and Radiobiology Institute, which is attached to the Ministry of Public Health.

Escozul is administered to patients suffering from pelvic inflammation or prostrate disorders prone to develop into malignant tumors.