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Cuba guarantees orthopedic services despite the US blockade

Cuba guarantees orthopedic services despite the US blockade

Camagüey, Cuba, May 31 (Prensa Latina) At a time when over 70 cities around the world are rejecting the US blockade against Cuba, specialists in technical orthopedics in this city are currently counteracting its effects and guaranteeing prostheses for disabled patients.

In Cuba’s third most populated city, healthcare professionals from the Technical Orthopedics Laboratory are providing various devices to people who need this kind of help.

In statements to Prensa Latina, Elvin Zamora, deputy director of the specialty regional laboratory, 540 kilometers east of Havana, emphasizes the manufacture of bandages, slings, knee braces, girdles and various models for the treatment of patients in the provinces of Camagüey, Las Tunas and Holguin.

‘We have been able to overfulfill a plan of nearly 200 prostheses, and in times when it is almost impossible for us to import materials, we give back smiles to disabled patients who benefit from our inventiveness,’ he said.

Zamora also argued the support to the hospital infrastructure of the territory throughout 13 municipalities and 16,000 square kilometers.

‘We also make possible and facilitate the success of surgeries in the different hospitals in this region of the country,’ he concluded. The lab is supplied with materials by the National Center of Technical Orthopedics in Havana, also belonging to the Ministry of Public Health, which is forced to import parts and supplies from Europe and Asia due to the obstacles imposed by the Washington government against Cuba, the laboratory’s director, Jorge Guerra assured.

Founded in 1960, the Technical Orthopedics Laboratory in Camagüey is part of the system of this type of institutions spread all over the country, which has not stopped even in the midst of the complex epidemiological Covid-19 situation, without dismissing sanitary control measures.


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