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Posted November 28, 2003 by publisher in Cuban Healthcare

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Cuba has strength and abilities to prevent and control epidemics, confirmed Damodar Peña, minister for Public Health, in the 6th International Congress on Disasters.

In a lecture, the Cuban Minister mentioned as an example the unprecedented battle carried out by the nation for 70 days, to control the dengue outbreak between 2001 and 2002, with some 12 000 cases reported.

The will of the government, the health system organization, control on epidemics, ant-vectors campaign and the education and participation of the community, joined in an unique strategy until the situation was controlled.
In this field, Cuba has revealed their experiences to some Central American nations, where the unhealthiness, poverty and lack of effective health programs multiply the negative impacts on society.

Peña explained that they are in a third work staged directed to consolidate the results in the antivectors prevention and fight, to hinder the disease from appearing again, that continue being a serious world health problem with an increasing of 3,5 percent.

Some Cuban experts showed the advances in facing the emergent and reemergent affections, the national covering of the basic assistance level with more than 440 policlinics and 34 000 consults of the family doctor, what is considered as an example for the Third World.
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