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Cuban Vice President Esteban Lazo’s visit to Haiti continues this Tuesday with the purpose of evaluating with local authorities a proposal by the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of the Americas (ALBA) regional integration and cooperation bloc to support the implementation of a new public health system in this country.

Lazo told Prensa Latina news agency that a multidisciplinary group has been discussing for several days the most pressing needs of the Haitian people and the country’s actual possibilities to implement a new public health system in the future.

The Cuban vice president explained that the project consists of setting up a primary care system that can actually guarantee health services to the people with the support of ALBA based on the Cuban experience in Haiti that started in 1998 when hurricane George hit that country.

“This means that ALBA will undertake the design and implementation of the health system,” Lazo confirmed in a meeting with a group of Cuban health specialists currently working in Haiti.

Likewise, Lazo said any nation willing to help could join them in the project. “It doesn’t matter what country it is, what we need is to put together a program, build hospitals and build policlinics," he said.

According to a report on the front page of Granma newspaper, Lazo told Haitian President Rene Preval that ALBA could contribute to achieving a solid health system in all of its levels that guarantees the health of the Haitian people.

Source: ACN

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