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Notable Professor of Pediatrics and Renowned Cuban Pediatrician Jose R. Jordan Died in Havana
Dr. in Medical Sciences Jose R. Jordan, who devoted more than six decades to Cuban pediatrics, died in Havana at the age of 88. The outstanding physician was buried Wednesday at Havana’s Colon Cemetery.

The renowned Cuban scientist, who was also a consultant for Growth and Development of the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), received 16 international distinctions and prizes, among them the “Hero of Health in The Americas”, for his valuable contribution to this field in the American continent. Nothing is more important than a child is the biographical sketch Dr. Jordan made on his life and work.

Jordan, who was the president of the National Council of Scientific Health Societies and Consultant Professor in Pediatrics, also held other important positions, among them those of Member of Honor of the Cuban Academy of Sciences, the World Health Organization Panel of Experts for the Prevention of Accidents, and the International Pediatrics Association.

Among the laurels granted to him in Cuba we find the following medals: Frank Pais, 250 Anniversary of the founding of the University of Havana;50 years of service in the field of health, University Dignity; and Founder of Medical Schools of the eastern Cuban provinces of Santiago de Cuba and Holguin.

Professor Jordan, who was born on February 4, 1920 in western Pinar del Rio province, once said: “A pediatrician is the doctor of children, the psychologist of parents, and the psychiatrist of grandparents, because they’re crazy for their grandchildren."

Jordan contributed outstandingly to the achievements in the field of health obtained by Cuba, a country that has the lowest infant mortality rate in The Americas: 5.3 per every 1,000 live births (2007).


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