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Cuban Foreign Minister denounces global health mercantilism

Cuban Foreign Minister denounces global health mercantilismHavana, Sep 24 (ACN) Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, Cuba´s Minister of Foreign Affairs, denounced today at the UN the commercial nature of health as a consequence of the unfair international order and capitalism as a system.

Speaking at the high-level meeting on universal health coverage, the head of Cuban diplomacy recalled that almost half of the world's population does not have access to basic health care services, because for capitalism, this would mean greater responsibilities and public spending for states, Prensa Latina reported.
In this regard, the official Twitter account of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs publishes: "The Cuban experience shows that, when there is adequate political will, it is possible to build a single, public, free and accessible health system for 100% of the population @CUBAONU #UNGA.
In late 2018, Cuba registered a life expectancy of 78.45 years and an infant mortality rate of 4.0 per 1.000 live births, with a 98 percent level of immunity, 14 infectious diseases eradicated, 9 that did not constitute health problems and 29 controlled communicable diseases, Rodriguez Parrilla explained.
The UN website reports that world leaders signed today a declaration committing to boost investments and strengthen efforts to achieve universal health coverage by 2030, as mandated by the Sustainable Development Agenda.
The declaration is the most far-reaching document in history in the health field and seeks to make the fulfillment of the human right to health a reality for all the world's people, in a 10 year time-frame.
For his part, Rogelio Sierra Diaz, Cuban Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, wrote in his Twitter "#Cuba is proud of its medical collaboration, an example of altruism and solidarity. Where others send troops, our small island sends its "angels in white robes" (as singer-songwriter Raul Torres would say) to spread hope.
Cuba has developed international cooperation in health for 55 years, with a presence in 124 countries with more than 400,000 workers, the Juventud Rebelde newspaper reported.

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