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José Ramón Balaguer
The Cuban Public Health Minister Jose Ramon Balaguer ratified the internationalist nature of the Island s health system on Thursday, which contributes to other Third World people s welfare.

Introducing a special lecture at the 2007 International Pedagogue meeting, where participate more than 5,000 delegates from 50 countries until Friday, Balaguer insisted that his country will continue its efforts in the training of professionals from other nations.

He said Cuba has offered medical aid to over one hundred countries, thanks to the preparation of the necessary human capital to intensify the specialized assistance in policlinics.

Some 29,000 collaborators in 68 countries render their services in remote, difficult to access, communities the minister said, and reiterated that his government will continue its collaboration with Latin American and African countries.

He recalled that the Island has contributed to the creation of nine medical schools, especially in the African continent, besides the 240 teachers that work in 23 institutions in 15 countries.

Referring to the health situation in the nation, Balaguer highlighted that Cuba continues the process of changes that began in 2003 to extend specialized services in the 500 existing policlinics.

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