French Academic Points Out Cuba’s Commitment to Social Welfare
Paris, Jul 30 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Revolution has made the development of medicine and social welfare into a national priority, said French journalist, writer and professor Salim Lamrani today.
In his article ‘Cuba, la isla de la salud’ (Cuba, the island of health), posted at the Opera Mundi website, Lamrani said that about 109.000 physicians have been trained in Cuba since 1959.
The PhD in Iberian and Latin American studies at the Sorbonne University in Paris recalled that Cuba had barely 6,000 physicians after the triumph of the Revolution, of which 3,000 preferred to leave the country and travel to the United States.
After that, Cuba promised to invest massively in the sector, universalizing access to higher education, introducing free education in all careers, and extending the medical sciences faculties throughout the country.
That investment in health has brought the country exceptional results.
The Caribbean nation has an infant mortality rate of 4.9 per 1.000 live births, the lowest in America, including Canada and the United States, he said.
Cuba not only develops its health system, but also offers support to other third world countries.