There are many reasons why Cuba has become a world benchmark in medical tourism. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) have recognized that the progress made by Cuba in the area of Health is at the level of a developed country.
According to Ban Ki-moon, former Secretary General of the United Nations, Cuba's public health system is a “model for other countries in the world”.
Cuba has always stood out for having first world indicators in its health system and for the solidarity of its doctors in providing services in the farthest corners of the world.
One of the most beautiful tasks that have been developed by the Cuban government is to work constantly to achieve an increasingly healthy people and, above all, a people that feel cared for and safe with their medical services .
Along with this, it is worth highlighting the constant creation of programs aimed at a particular sector of the population, such as the Immunization Program, the Maternal and Child Program or the Comprehensive Program for the Elderly; the first with the aim of immunizing from an early age against certain diseases, the second to carry out specialized care for pregnant women and the last to guarantee a quality of life for the elderly and cover their biological, psychological and social.
From the creation of the National Drug Program, Cuba began to develop biotechnology and specialized centers emerged such as the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, the Immunoassay Center and the National Center for Biopreparations.
Dilma Rousseff, (former president of Brazil). " #cuba has an exemplary health system, when there was an earthquake in Haiti, when there were outbreaks of cholera and Ebola, those who were able to treat people in a systematic and massive way were Cuban doctors."
Despite the economic, financial and commercial blockade that the United States (USA) still maintains against the Caribbean island, its medical system has become one of the best known in the international community.
Slovakia was the first country in the European Union (EU) to use the Cuban drug Heberprot-P , produced at the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB), which reduces the risk of amputation due to diabetic foot ulcers and, according to specialists from both countries, the results were very positive.
Likewise, more than three thousand Ecuadorians have been favored with Heberprot-P, between 2011 and 2017, thanks to the program applied in five provinces of the country to combat this disease.
As a sister nation, more than 30,100 Cuban health aides have provided their services in 18 of the 25 countries that make up the Association of Caribbean States (ACS).
Another drug developed by the CIGB is Heberferon, specialized against basal cell skin cancer and common in malignant tumors. It is one of a kind. Likewise, with the Heberpenta vaccine they counteract diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and hepatitis B.
Although the US Government refuses to lift the blockade against Cuba, several citizens have found in this medical system a hope to treat their respective diseases.
Judy Ingels, 74 years old, suffers from stage four lung cancer, diagnosed in December 2015. She travels to Cuba with her husband and daughter to receive a dose of Cimavax, a medicine against lung cancer that stimulates an immune response to a protein in the blood that promotes growth.
In January 2017, clinical trials of Civamax began in patients from Buffalo, in New York (USA), but they have not been extended to other states in the territory. "For the first time I have hope," said Ingels when she was benefited by the vaccine created in Cuba.
Quality medical care for Cubans
On the other hand, more than 13 million people have been immunized against hepatitis B, thanks to the recombinant vaccine developed in 1989. For a decade, they have not registered cases of this disease in children under five years of age or in over 15.
During the 2017 NeuroCuba International Congress, they presented the progress of the Multidisciplinary Epilepsy Surgery Program, directed by the International Center for Neurological Restoration (Ciren), which has benefited more than a hundred Cubans.
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