Russia and Uruguay Strengthen Health Cooperation
Moscow, Feb 17 (Prensa Latina) Russia and Uruguay strengthened today cooperation in the medical field and envisage actions in terms of technological and educational exchange, said Russian Minister of Health, Veronica Skvortsova.
'There are no former doctors; they never cease to be doctors, even if they occupy a political position,' said Skvortsova in response to a question from Prensa Latina on the prospects for bilateral cooperation, after her meeting here with the Uruguayan president, Dr. Tabaré Vázquez.
'For us, it was important to see that the main leaps and achievements in the healthcare area of the Uruguayan population occurred from 2005 to 2010, a period corresponding to Vázquez's first presidential term, an oncology specialist,' she said.
'In addition, in 2016, the first steps in the fight against smoking in the South American country were taken,' she stressed.
'We set guidelines for our cooperation in the area of control and fight against non-infectious diseases, in the creation of a healthy way of life and the fight against smoking,' she said.
Skvortsova also referred to the Uruguayan president's tour of the main Russian center for children with cancer and immunological diseases, 'which is included in a very limited list of the best of its kind in the world.'
'We were invited to attend a conference of the World Health Organization (WHO) on infectious diseases in the South American state in October,' she informed.
At the same time, we decided to invite a Deputy Minister of Health of Uruguay and other officials to this city, to come to our country in November.
By that date, we will hold the first WHO global meeting for the fight against tuberculosis, associated infections and on resistance to antibodies, revealed the Russian doctor.
That is why we consider that there is a coincidence of the possibilities for cooperation between both parties, which will be successfully developed, she said.
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