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PAHO/WHO describe as effective Cuba's confrontation with COVID-19


HAVANA, Cuba, Sep 7 (ACN) Dr. Jose Moya, representative of the Pan American and World Health organizations (PAHO / WHO) in Cuba, described the Caribbean island's confrontation with the COVID-19 pandemic as effective, despite the fact that in the last month the country suffered an outbreak of the disease.

“Cuba's strategy against COVID-19 has been based on the strengths of its national health system, such as the national primary care network. This has allowed a rapid identification of cases, as well as their monitoring and isolation by epidemiology teams, the international representative told Granma newspaper.
Among the strategies followed by this nation to contain the disease were the largest possible social distancing, suspension of the school year, stoppage of urban and interprovincial transport and the temporary closure of commercial flights, among other measures that considerably reduced the population mobility, he pointed out.
Moya also highlighted as a novel strategy the work of the family doctor and nurse's offices.
“It is there where epidemiological and laboratory management in response to the pandemic begins. They work in networks; it is teamwork, with a single national plan to combat COVID-19. The value given to science, technology and innovation, and their contribution to the response to the pandemic should also be added, he said.
"Both WHO and PAHO have established spaces for exchanging international researches and epidemiological results of clinical trials, always seeking solidarity in the face of a problem that affects human health," Moya explained.
The senior official noted that vaccines are the hope of the world population to be able to control the pandemic, and at this point Cuba contributes with the beginning of phases I / II of the Soberana 01 vaccine candidate, and if passing all controls and tests, will become an instrument of life at the service of humanity, he added.
In turn, he valued the medical aid provided by Cuba to other countries, and in this regard said that it is undoubtedly a recognition of the ability of Cuban health personnel and their willingness to contribute in solidarity in the response to international situations of natural disasters and emergencies.

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