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Alberto Peña, director of the Colon-Rectal Center of the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, in the United States, highlighted in Havana, Cuba's development in pediatric surgery, which shows results like those of the so-called First World.

Doctor Peña, a pioneer in the world in the introduction of the techniques used internationally in surgeries of anus-rectum malformations in newborns, praised the priority given by the Cuban government to children and the reduction of the country's
infant mortality rate.

In 2009, the island's rate of this indicator, in under one year olds, was of 4.8 per every 1,000 live births, the lowest in the Americas, even lower than that of Canada (six) and the United States (seven).

He extolled the qualification of national specialists, with whom he shared the 4th Iberian-American Congress on Pediatric Surgery held this week at Havana's Convention Center until Friday, and that was attended by some 300 scientists from almost 30 nations.

It's a great honor to visit Cuba and carry out surgeries together with doctors from the island, underlined Professor Peña in his exclusive statements to ACN.

He emphasized that his mission as a professor is to teach the new generations the way to improve results with pediatric surgical techniques and increase the quality of life of children.

Practical courses with live demonstrations were carried out as part of the Congress, during which the expert performed -together with Professor Andrea Bischoff, from the United States, and a Cuban multidisciplinary team- three complex surgeries, which were successful.

He also said that, one in every 4,000 births in the world is a case of anus-rectum malformation, a figure that varies according to each nation, half of which are of male sex.

The first operation with the method designed by this physician for these birth defects was carried out in the country where he was born, Mexico, in August, 1980. So far, the scientist has performed over 2,500 of these surgeries.


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