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Fidel and Public Health in Cuba.

Tamara Caridad Mesa González 2 noviembre, 2019

Thanks to the ideas of Commander in Chief Fidel Castro Ruz since the Triumph of the Cuban Revolution, the Health sector was prioritized.

Before this time the country only had six thousand doctors, insufficient figure to meet the real needs of the population.

Life expectancy at birth was 60 years and among the main causes of death were diarrheal diseases and tuberculosis, while infant mortality exceeded 60 per thousand live births.

That reality changed radically after 59 and despite the unjust blockade imposed by the US government more than half a century ago, the country today shows comparable health indicators with highly developed nations.

A life expectancy of almost eight decades stands out and infant mortality for several consecutive years is below five per thousand live births, a figure lower than that recorded by the United States.

Similarly, children are immunized against thirteen preventable diseases, which ratifies the largest of the Antilles as the leading territory of Latin America in that indicator.

In these six decades, more than 90 thousand doctors and one hundred thousand nurses have graduated, trained under the humanistic conviction of assisting anyone regardless of color, race or geographic location.

Another idea of ​​the Commander was the creation of the family doctor and nurse program that brings services closer to the communities themselves and favors work with pregnant women, adolescents, children and the adult population, as well as contributing to raising health indicators in various nations of the planet.

In this way, specialists in Comprehensive General Medicine work in the polyclinics and offices of the country and solve 70 to 80 percent of the problems in primary health care.

It is worth mentioning the Latin American School of Medicine, founded in November 1999 by Fidel, with the aim of preparing future doctors of various nations of the world.

Likewise, the Cuban medical collaboration arose, with the first brigade that traveled to Chile, in 1960. To date, more than 370,000 health professionals have added their altruistic assistance in 162 countries.

Therefore, when talking about greatness, love, solidarity, each Cuban pronounces a name, the one who always thought beyond his people, his land, the one who crossed borders and served all humanity.




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