HAVANA, Cuba, Jan 4 (acn) Miguel Diaz-Canel, President of the Councils of State and Ministers, highlighted the achievements of Cuban medicine as a result of the Program of the Family Doctor and Nurse, which today marks 35 years since its foundation by the historical leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro.
¨It is sad that a million children around the world do not even reach their first day of life due to preventable causes. #Cuba with the best rate in Latin America and the Caribbean. #CubaEsSalud (Cuba is health) on the 35th anniversary of the family doctor and nurse program founded by #Fidel, ¨the Cuban president wrote in his profile on Twitter.
In another tweet he added: our respect and solidarity with sister nations in which more than 347,700 Cuban doctors and health workers have worked, many of them in remote and difficult areas, and have trained more than 27,200 young people as professionals.
Also through twitter, Roberto Morales Ojeda, vice-president of the Council of State and Ministers and Minister of Public Health, congratulated the members of this health initiative and said that they honor the words of #Fidel: "... never an idea or a health program was developed so much and so fast, nor has it produced so many fruits, like this idea and this program of the family doctor ".
Since its creation, on January 4, 1984, this important program has made more than 18 million visits to local families and 84 million consultations, with an impact on quality of life indicators such as the decrease in infant mortality, increase of life expectancy and the control of communicable and non-communicable chronic diseases.
Currently Cuba has 10,869 family doctor offices; 449 polyclinics, and 785 Basic Working Groups that make up primary health care, which main challenges are treating 70 percent of the health problems of the population at primary level.