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The substitution of imports with home produced goods will be one of the main topics of the 20th International Congress of the Cuban Society of Orthopedics and Traumatology, scheduled for next September in the eastern province of Granma.

In statements to the CAN news agency, Dr. Rodrigo Alvarez Cambras, president of the organizing committee, said that some 500 delegates from several countries will attend the meeting that will take place from September 21st to 26th. He added that the event will include a commercial fair with the participation of almost 20 nations.

Cambras, who is also the President of the Cuban Society of
Orthopedics and Traumatology, insisted on the importance of saving, taling into consideration that imported supplies and equipment are becoming more expensive due to the current world crisis.

The Director of the Frank Pais International Orthopaedics and Scientific Complex in Havana said that provincial groups are currently working to develop technologies and to develop implant materials, orthopaedic tables and other equipment currently imported.

The outstanding scientist announced the implementation in Cuba of a program to recoup materials and equipment such as hip prostheses, which cost 1,000 U.S. dollars in the international market as well as external fixators.

During the forum, Cuba will also present its latest advances in the introduction of elbow and shoulder prostheses, sports medicine and traumatology, and spine surgeries.

The development of arthroscopy in Cuba and deformities in adults’ feet will be other topics to be discussed at the event sponsored by the Cuban Ministry of Public Health, the International Society of Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology (ISOST) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), among other institutions.

The ISOST has four international schools and one of them is in Havana, which shows Cuba’s advances in this sector


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