US Minister of Health Concludes Visit to the Island

During her stay, Sylvia Burwell met with her Cuban counterpart, Dr. Roberto Morales Ojeda, Minister of Public Health and signed a Memorandum of Understanding in the areas of control, research, surveillance, monitoring and evaluation of cancer

By: Juventud Rebelde

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2016-10-24 | 14:13:39 EST
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CUBA, October 22.- The Secretary of Health and Human Services of the United States, Sylvia Burwell, has concluded her working visit to Cuba, between October 20 and 22.

During her stay, she held a meeting with her Cuban counterpart, Dr. Roberto Morales Ojeda, Minister of Public Health; They signed a Memorandum of Understanding in the area of control, research, surveillance, monitoring and evaluation of cancer; and reviewed the joint action plan based on the implementation of this Memorandum for cooperation in the field of health, signed by both ministers last June.

Both sides reaffirmed the interest of further developing the bilateral cooperation, advantageous for both countries and the region. The Cuban side stressed the need to lift the US blockade, which causes damage and hardship to the Cuban people, including the highly sensitive area like health.

Secretary Burwell, who visited hospitals and primary health care institutions and the Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, had the opportunity to directly understand the functioning of our health care system, the development of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry and Cuba's achievements in these sectors.

In addition, as part of her program, Secretary Burwell participated in the Regional Meeting for Surveillance and Control Strategy of Arboviruses, sponsored by Cuba and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). (Cubaminrex / Infomed)

Translated by ESTI

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