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Exercising one of the most humanitarian jobs in the world, Cuba has 89,000 professional nurses " of which 45,000 are in training, 25,000 have bachelor degrees and 300 have masters.

These figures were cited at the 17th Congress of the Cuban Society of Nursing and the first Cuban Symposium of Palliative Care, attended by 500 delegates from Cuba and another 16 countries. The congress is holding sessions from Monday May 28 to Friday June 1 at the Havana Convention Center.

Under the motto of «Humanizing the art of care giving,» a large number of the papers presented at the two scientific meetings tackled the need to make the job and attention given to people "whether sick or healthy" more human. Also discussed was the so-called "Burnout syndrome", when professionals suffer health problems and stress, and the social support needed by those who are an essential part of healthcare in any country, especially in Cuba.

Among the goals of these meetings are to send a message to the world on the human character of nursing as a profession; to show the social dimension of its teaching; to highlight in medical specialities the noble and essential character of the cares to the patient according to their health state they are in; to identify the decision making according to quality if life; to relate effectiveness and efficiency of the caring and the quality of the communication between the care taker and the cared individual.

Dr. Luis Estruch Rancano, from Cuba, explained the impact of biotechnology in public health care and the role played by nurses. He emphasized on how the nursing personnel has been taking part in the clinical trials using Cuba-produced vaccines, side by side with patients in healthcare facilities, and how scientific development has allowed our healthcare system to become among the best in the world.

One of the most original papers discussed at the congress was the one presented by Dr. Jose Carlos Bermejo Higuera, from Tordecillas, Spain, on the humanization of healthcare. He provided an overview on how there is no equity in the current world in terms of medical attention and care, and pointed out the need to take into consideration not only techniques and science, but also the spirit and emotions of people and the ability to put oneself in the patients and their families places.

Master in Science Idalmis Infante Ochoa, president of the Scientific Committee of the Cuban Society of Nursing and vice director of the Institute of Oncology and Radiobiology, noted the humanity of the Cuban healthcare system, especially if it is compared with those of other countries where people do not have such service.

Presentations on Wednesday included those on the treatment of patients with cancer and chronic diseases, seriously-ill patients, patients in terminal stages, confined elderly patients, down syndrome and new-borns in pain.

Source: Juventud Rebelde

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