Cuba Will Continue Contributing to World Health

The success of the 13th International Fair and Cuba Health 2015 Convention, which ended on Friday in the capital, was highlighted by Miguel Diaz-Canel, member of the Political Bureau and first vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers, during a tour of the grounds of PABEXPO.

The leader described the fair as very comprehensive, in which 197 firms from 30 countries, 154 of them foreign, showed various items, including the latest in terms of the contributions to medical technology. He noted that the trade exchange reflects the management of the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) and its national health care system.

Accompanied by Roberto Morales Ojeda, head of MINSAP Diaz-Canel emphasized that the fair is a sign of the strong partnership with companies from other nations who are in Cuba with the opportunity to exhibit items that have a useful benefit for the people.

He said the success of the scientific and commercial chamber cannot be separated from that of the Convention, and has provided a forum for discussion on topics of health and public policy for the benefit of the people.

In the closing session of the Convention at the International Conference Centre, the deputy minister of industry, Jose Angel Portal said that Cuba will continue to share its modest experience in health through international cooperation.

He reiterated the call to establish negotiations for contracting human resources through institutional arrangements, and stressed the importance of achieving universal access and coverage to these services, which implies that all individuals and communities have access, without discrimination, to comprehensive and secure quality services, including highly vulnerable groups.

Portal stressed that due to challenges such as increasing chronic non-communicable, emerging diseases, and the aging population, more health systems needed cross-sectorial approaches being made as an expression of equity and social justice.

He noted that Cuba’s health is a matter of state policy and an unquestionable human right of the population, endorsed in its constitution.

Amina Nurhussein, Minister of Health of the State of Eritrea on behalf of the participating delegations, stressed at the closing ceremony the Cuban experience, which she said is a role model for care at the multidisciplinary primary level.

The International Cuba Health 2015 Convention was attended by over 2,500 delegates from 73 countries and 55 delegations, including 30 at top level. The next convention and exhibition were announced for April 2018.

The closing ceremony was also attended by Jose Ramon Balaguer, member of the Party Central Committee Secretariat; and other leaders and officials of the state and government.