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Cuban orthopedics hurt by US blockade

HAVANA, Cuba, Oct 1 (ACN) A delegation of twenty US specialists invited to the 28th Congress of the Cuban Society of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (SCOT), scheduled for October 1-5, will not be allowed to participate in the event due to the blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba.

In dialogue with the Cuban News Agency, PhD in Science Horacio Tabares Neyra, president of the SCOT and of the organizing committee of the event, stated that according to sources from the American Academy it was not a good time to visit Havana a representation of that entity.
The forum will gather some 300 specialists and teachers from a dozen countries, including Colombia, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Puerto Rico and the host nation.
Tabares Nerya, who is also head of the Orthopedics and Traumatology service at the Center for Research on Aging, Longevity and Health, said that during the past year the political genocide has also hindered renowned professors of those disciplines from attending other events.
The blockade imposed for almost 60 years by successive governments has affected this medical specialty, he said, and exemplified that the U.S. firm Du-puy, which sells medical equipment, banned the Osteosynthesis Association of the Latin American Medical Association to hold events in Cuba and Venezuela.
This hostile policy hinders the purchase of technologies, raw materials, reagents, diagnostic tools, equipment and spare parts, as well as medicines for the treatment of diseases, including orthopaedic, he added.
The 28th Congress of the Cuban Society of Orthopedics and Traumatology will take place in different institutions of the Old Havana municipality, under the slogan Orthopedics in the 500.
Some of the topics to be discussed are bone fractures and osteoporosis, orthopedic trauma treatments, hip arthroplasty and pediatric orthopedics.

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