METEORO 2010, Cuba consolidates prevention
He inquired about the specific function of every area that had been set up and asked how the location, installation and peration of generators would allow them to function adequately in exceptional circumstances.
Cooperative workers who worked on Cuban medical missions in Pakistan and Haiti demonstrated how field hospitals work in practice and the need to install versatile generators in order to optimize the handling of electrical energy.
Valdés Menéndez also inquired about the operational period of the hospital (6-8 months) and stated that, in the case of Cuba, we need to search for the most ideal locations to establish them in provinces that could be affected by disasters, thus onserving these areas.
Public Health Minister José Ramón Balaguer, who was also present at the Medical Cooperation Central Unit, told the press that these healthcare installations are closely linked to experiences gained in several countries by doctors from the Henry Reeve Brigade.
He stated that in times of natural disaster of any kind, the collapse of regular hospitals or an increase in the number of wounded in existing ones justifies the need for field hospitals.
For his part, Division General Ramón Pardo Guerra confirmed that the country is continuing to prepare for extreme disaster situations in order to safeguard the population and economic assets, hence the need to focus efforts on all aspects of prevention work.
By: Orfilio Peláez and Jesus Curbelo García (AIN)
Source: Granma International