Cuban Health Minister Unable to Attend PAHO in Washington

Lack of Medical decency, breaking of the human and international rights that are incompatible with their role as the venue of that Health venue and the wickedness and the powerlessness are some of the very deserved criticism against the U.S. Government on the social networks to refuse the Visa to the Cuban Public Health Ministry, José Ángel Portal Miranda and the rest of the delegation that would attend to the Health Pan American Health Organization in Washington city.

It is not more than an unusable way to gag a truth that floats like a sovereign flag before the astonished world sight.

It would cause great envy that our local Health Ministry commented that Cuba reached the lowest infantile mortality of its history with a 4.0 for each thousand child born alive and that is a number that is a number much better positioned that the one reported by the mighty US nation with a 7.0 for each child born alive.

It would be uncomfortable for them that the Cuban official announced that the life expectancy for Cubans reaches the 80 years, along with over 2100 centenarian people.

Cuban Health Minister Unable to Attend PAHO in Washington

The US Health officials don´t like the WHO recognizes Cuba keeps eliminated the congenital Aids and syphilis transmission and the fact that Cuba has trained until July of the current year 376608 health professionals through the Medicine and Stomatology, Nursing Spheres and others such as the Health Technologies and they are added to the 35787 foreign students from 141 countries who were graduated in our universities.

As it is well said by my female neighbor through her peculiar way to call the things by their name. She, who is a Spanish citizen who has traveled throughout the world, said to her local clinic´s doctor:

“I go overseas, but I always return because it sucks abroad, without a medical insurance, and I paid $ 25.00 Dollars for an vaccine , so I come to see you here even for a minor pain in my food, for instance.”

The Cubans have one of the best regional parameters in terms of doctors per inhabitants, 9 doctors per 1000 inhabitants and that also gets upset our US neighbor that has tried to asphyxiate us without achieving to make us to give us.

The little Cuban nation should buy related technology and medicine at a double price multiplied by two and even three times its real price. However, Cuba is accused of people trafficking, enslave the local Health staff who travel to other nations and for benefitting economically from the Medical works overseas.

If Cuba obtains strong currencies and thankfulness for the services carried out by its Health collaborators, it also obtains them for keeping a free and accessible health system that can be improved by guaranteeing medical care for all, while they gain millions dollars, along with an US arms industry that causes death, pain, disruptions and traumas to other lands.

Our little territory with only 11 million inhabitants has had to invest in the training of its human resources due to the lack of industrialization and development due to the US Blockade. The Commander, Fidel Castro, had dreamt about it and put into practice due to he knew the human resource was certainly the best value in terms of the social and economic development of a country.

Cuban Health Minister Unable to Attend PAHO in Washington

Nevertheless, it was so human his way of thinking that he tried to go beyond the instruction as such, taking into account that human potentiality implies not only related knowledge but also an ethical awareness, solidarity, true human feelings, sacrifice spirit, heroism and the capacity to do a lot with very little.

The arrogant Trump´s government feels annoyed due to the Cuban medicine´s high quality is praised and even the fact that the hospital with Cuban medical staff in Qatar is the reference in the Persian Gulf and the one preferred by the local citizens there do not mind travelling the 80 kilometers separating them from the Doha capital city because they do know that apart from examining them the Cuban doctors watch them into their eyes, talk and find the way to cure them and not taking away their money by making them dependent of medicines.

The current demon of the White House and his Brazilian subject, Bolsonaro, don´t really care the millions of Brazilian people who lost that Cuban doctor who placed a stethoscope on their chests for a first time in those far-off lands of religious people who talk about the Cuban doctors as the best after God.

The US feel worried because the best of Cuba keeps present throughout 67 nations of the world where they are transforming the health parameters with their presence as if a humanism and sensitivity brigade had arrived.

Cuban Health Minister Unable to Attend PAHO in Washington

If the Cuban Health Ministry and this delegation attended to Washington, they would practically disrupted the millionaire campaign used for discrediting the Cuban public health care system because each of the slanders on the international medial cooperation would be drawn by the power of a true that hurts them: Cuba gains the international prestige and admiration for its own efforts and intellectual one and the capacity to diagnose properly with little resources.

As part of the most laudable pages of the international medical cooperation, Cuba magnifies its altruism. It was the Cuban medical staff who cured the Haitians´ wounds after the earthquakes.

In the frozen geography of Pakistan, they carried out their healing work as well as in Guatemala, Chile and Mozambique in its fight against the Ebola disease in Africa in spite of the risk of losing their lives. They got to those lands with their backpacks and campaign hospitals to show that all the world glory fits in a corn grain.

Once again, the United States tries to prevent the participation of Cuba in a scenery where it has the right to be, but there are starts which shine with their own light and there is an island that has resisted 60 years.

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U.S. denies Cuba health minister visa to attend health meeting in Washington

Cuba said on Monday the Trump administration denied its health minister a visa to attend a Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) meeting in Washington and accused the United States of repeatedly violating its obligations as the host of an international organization.

The Cuban Embassy in Washington wrote an email on Monday to those who had been invited to attend an event with Health Minister Jose Angel Portal Miranda while he was in the U.S. capital for the PAHO meeting this week, saying it was canceled because he and his delegation had not been given visas.

PAHO is the World Health Organization’s regional office for the Americas.

“The government of the United States is yet again arbitrarily and unwarrantedly in breach of its obligations as a host country of an international organization,” read the email seen by Reuters.

Earlier this month, Washington ordered the expulsion from the United States of two members of Cuba’s delegation to the United Nations for trying to “conduct influence operations” harmful to U.S. national security.

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Cuba's results in health acknowledged by PAHO official

Havana, July 16 (RHC)-- Ignacio Ibarra, Regional Advisor on Health Legislation at the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) highlighted Cuba's results in this area in Havana.

Speaking at the Seventh Scientific Conference of Health Law, recently held in Havana, Ibarra said that the 35 member countries that make up PAHO are working to update regulations that have been in place for many years.

The expert highlighted that except Cuba, many of these nations in the region lack greater government support to put health into practice as a human right.

The official pointed out that in the Caribbean state the system is conceived at the national level for its implementation in its 250 hospitals and local areas, where the patient is at the center of preventive care.

The Regional Advisor on Health Legislation also spoke about the importance of health communication, and he warned that obesity is one of the diseases with the highest mortality rate in the world, especially due to the consumption of junk food, as well as smoking levels, alcoholism and drug addiction.

Ibarra explained that PAHO is currently working on a communication campaign on the indiscriminate consumption of sugar and fats and called on the international community to prevent acute diarrheal diseases and other illnesses caused by the indiscriminate use of many foods.

Edited by Jorge Ruiz Miyares

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NY Times Says Removing Cuba´s More Doctors Program Affects Brazilians

The New York Times reported on Tuesday that Brazilian government´s decision on stopping Cuba´s More Doctors Program still affects 28 million people.

The information recalled that President Jair Bolsonaro said they could solve the absence of Cuban professionals counting on the graduation of about 20,000 physicians per year, but six months after having taken office in January, such statement has not become real.

On November 14, 2018, Cuba announced it would not continue in the aforementioned program ahead of Bolsonaro´s conditions, then elected President, who assured he would modify the Program´s terms and conditions, showing no respect for what the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) had agreed with Cuba.

Likewise, last February, the Government of the right-wing President announced the decision to close More Doctors Program, a project designed by the Workers' Party in 2013 to bring health care to the most remote areas of Brazil, in which participated near 20,000 Cuban professionals.

'The willingness of Cuban physicians to work in difficult conditions became a cornerstone of the public health system,' Bahia told the New York Times.

According to a PAHO report, in the first four years of More Doctors Program, the percentage of Brazilians with primary care increased from 59.6 to 70 percent.

The departure of Cubans could reverse this trend, having especially serious consequences for children under five, and could lead to the death of up to 37,000 young children by 2030, warned Gabriel Vivas, a PAHO official.

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Cuba ratifies its commitment to universal and free health before PAHO

The Minister of Public Health, José Ángel Portal, ratified Cuba's commitment to the Pan American Health Organization and its member states to guarantee universal access to health services and strengthen its system of health care.

During his intervention in the 56th Directing Council of the international organism, the Cuban minister pointed out that his country fulfilled the goal of Health for All before the year 2000, covering one hundred percent of the population, in a free and totally accessible way, according to information published in the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Despite the damage caused by the criminal, genocidal and unjust blockade imposed by the United States on our country for more than half a century, the political will to raise the health levels of the people prevails in Cuba, he said.

The minister noted, among the main results of the Caribbean nation, a life expectancy at birth of 78.45 years, an infant mortality rate of less than five per thousand live births during a decade and the eradication of 14 infectious diseases.

Portal regretted that "40 years after the Alma-Ata Declaration, many countries in the region have not yet managed to sufficiently address the social and environmental determinants of health to move towards universal health.

Correcting these inequalities, the enormous health differences that can be solved within each country and between countries, is an ethical imperative for all, if we consider that health is an essential component for sustainable human development, he said.

In this regard, the Cuban Minister reiterated the willingness of the Island to share its modest experiences in the field of organization and provision of comprehensive health services, as well as in the development of the medical, pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries with the noble purpose of achieving universal coverage and access in any region of the world.

Cuba attends the LVI Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization, which meets September 23-27 in Washington, where the headquarters of this international organization is located. (ACN)

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As More Latin Americans Eat Processed Food, Obesity Rates Surge

Nearly 60 percent of Latin Americans are overweight, according to a UN report

Latin America, once plagued by malnutrition, now faces a different type of public health crisis as processed food increasingly replaces traditionally prepared dishes, leading to a surge in obesity rates, a United Nations report showed on Thursday.

Nearly 58 percent of the region's inhabitants, or close to 360 million people, is either overweight or obese, said the report by the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

The rapid jump in obesity rates has crisscrossed the region, affecting Latin Americans "regardless of their economic situation, place of residence or ethnic origin," it said.

That has occurred partly as economic growth, increased urbanization, higher average incomes and the region's integration into international markets have reduced the consumption of traditionally prepared food and raised that of ultra-processed products, the report said.

The problem is greatest in countries that are net food importers.

The countries with the highest levels of obesity are the Bahamas, Mexico and Chile, with rates of 69 percent, 64 percent and 63 percent, respectively.

Still, even as obesity rates surge, Latin America is still home to the nation with the highest rate of undernourishment; in Haiti, 53 percent of the population is undernourished.

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PAHO anticipates cholera outbreak in Haiti

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) — The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), has warned that acute diarrheal diseases, including cholera are threatening the population.

Dr Jean Luc Poncelet, PAHO’s Representative in Haitu, said the organisation has set up field operations with the country’s Ministry of Health in the towns of Jeremie and Les Cayes.

“Hurricane Matthew has devastated parts of the country, in the Southwest, it is estimated that 80 percent of the houses have lost their roofs, and most hospitals suffered major damages. At least 100 facilities have lost their ability to function,” Poncelet said.

“Before the hurricane, we had serious problems of access to health, water and sanitation, and cases of cholera,” he added. “So when the water supply is interrupted, cholera will increase. We are seriously concerned about an epidemic of cholera, and that’s why the Ministry of Health with our assistance is taking all measures possible to avoid that happening.”

To date, multinational teams of experts have been deployed to support the government’s efforts against cholera outbreaks. Groups were sent to Jeremie, Les Cayes and Port-au-Prince to support humanitarian operations and restore the capacity of health services and systems.

Poncelet said PAHO is working with the Haitian Ministry of Health to increase the availability of medicines and medical supplies, and cooperating in the organization and planning of the health response to possible outbreaks.

Experts in emergencies and disasters, health services, epidemiological surveillance, logistics, transport and communication have been deployed from PAHO’s Haiti office, its Washington headquarters, and other offices.

With scattered outbreaks of cholera confirmed and in anticipation of an increase in the number of cases, on Sunday, PAHO sent shipments of cholera kits containing oral rehydration solutions, catheters and water chlorination treatments to attend patients with acute diarrhea and cholera.

Poncelet said donations have already started to pour into Haiti, with a French cargo jet arriving on Tuesday with 69 tons of supplies.

France’s Ambassador to Haiti, Elisabeth Beton said her government was interested in collaborating with Haiti’s national response, and sent two water purification stations, for emergency situations, six units for basic sanitation and hygiene, 13 tons of medical and first aid supplies, and cholera treatment kits, PAHO said.

Haiti’s Minister of External Relations and Culture Pierrot Delienne thanked the international community for the donations, and the European Union’s ambassador in Haiti said the donation resulted from good coordination between PAHO and national and international officials.

PAHO also said a Dutch ship arrived with supplies and experts to rehabilitate hospitals.

Additionally, shipments of donations from Colombia and the Dominican Republic, among others, have arrived in the French-speaking Caribbean country.

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President Raúl Castro Receives PAHO Director Carissa Etienne

President Raúl Castro met Friday in Havana with Director General of the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) Carissa Etienne, who is on a working visit to Cuba to preside over the subregional meeting of PAHO representatives in Central America, Haiti, Mexico, Dominican Republic and Cuba.

During the cordial exchange, the Cuban president and the top PAHO official spoke about the current epidemiological situation in the Americas, Cuba's national plan to confront and stop the spread of Zika virus, and the importance of Cuba's international health cooperation worldwide.

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