Cuba´s Health Minister Jose Ramon Balaguer reiterated that primary helth care is the basis of the Cuban Health System.
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- 12 / 26 / 2008
Balaguer addressed lawmakers during the session of the Cuban Parliament´s permanent commission on Health and Sports, which considered issues like the reestructuring of the primary health care program that kicked off a year ago.
The Cuban minister insisted in the need that health officials take part at neighborhood meetings, where local government representatives report on their work. He said that the initiative helps solve problems stated by the people.
The lawmamers also analyzed the damage inflicted by recent hurricanes which had a servere impact on over 2, 000 health care centers, at an estimated cost of nearly 10 million pesos (national currency).
As to the new program aimed at forming Latin American medical doctors, the country counts on 37 medicine schools in several provinces, whose current registration has reached to over 14, 000 youths from 29 Latin American and Caribbean nations.
Council of State official Elia Rosa Lemus said that the Latin American School of Medicine has graduated over 6,500 doctors, while nearly 23,000 students from some 30 countries are currently taking their courses in Cuba.
Counci of Ministers Vice-president Otto explained that over 7,000 construction works have been concluded in the health care sector, including health care centers, rehabilitation wards, doctor´s offices, dentistry centers, hospitals, hemodialisis centers, and others. Cubanews/parliament/lach/abierto