Cuban Doctors will Depart for Nepal to Aid Quake Victims


Brigade number 41 of the International Contingent against disasters and large outbreaks Henry Reeve leaves for Nepal at dawn this Friday with the mission of saving lives and palliate the existent situation in the Asian country after the intense earthquake of last April 25.

The group of Cuban medical staff was given the flag at an official farewell event, presided by Dr. Roberto Morales, Secretary of Public Health, the Assistants of MINREX and MINSAP, Ana Teresita González and Dr. Marcia Cobas Ruiz. Also the Dr. Regla Angulo, head of the Central Unit of Medical Cooperation, among other officials of the Public Health.

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The brigade, comprising 49 professionals from different specialties (among them 22 specialist doctors), will face existent illnesses and others that soar and outbreak as the normal process after a natural disaster of this magnitude - affirmed the head of the brigade, Luis Oliveros Serrano.

Oliveros repeated the elevated commitment of medical professionals "many of us have experience on this sort of work, other meet this scenario for the first time, but the brigade is very happy and committed with the mission we will fulfill."

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Dr. Marcia Cobas Ruiz informed the Cuban cooperators on Nepal's current situation, where a first group from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba is studying the working field and creating the necessary conditions so that physicians can fulfill their objectives and expectations of the people from Nepal.

In this regard he commented of the trust placed by the government of Katmandu in the Cuban doctors and the plans for locating the campaign hospital that will be moved to the areas affected by the quake.

This medical center will include services of a surgical unit, sterilization, intensive care unit, possibility of diagnostic (including x-rays , semiautomatic lab and ultrasound lab), as well as consult and rehabilitation areas.

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Cuban President Raul Castro Inaugurates New Health Research Centers

Cuban President Raul Castro inaugurated Tuesday in Havana the new headquarters of the Centers for State Control of Drugs and the National Coordinator of Clinical Trials.

The Cuban president was accompanied by Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization, who cut the inaugural ribbon at the ceremony. The modern facility, with six levels and glass exterior, is located in the western suburbs of the Cuban capital.

Raul Castro and the general directors of WHO and PAHO, the Pan-American Health Organization, were received by directors of the CENCEC, María Amparo Pascual, and CECMED, Rafael Pérez Cristiá.

CECMED has laboratories for quality control of drugs and medical devices that comply with the Standards of Practice established by WHO and PAHO, allowing certification as regional reference center.

Created in 1989, the CECMED's mission is to promote and protect the health of the population through a system of regulation, control and inspection to ensure the safety, efficiency and quality of medicines, medical equipment and devices.

Meanwhile, the National Coordinator of Clinical Trials or CENCEC is responsible for designing and conducting clinical trials of medical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology products, as well as any other health technology, meeting International Standards of Practice. It has 107 employees, of which 72 percent are women and 73 are college-level professionals and technicians.

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