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Cuba recognizes family doctors work on its World Day

Cuba recognizes family doctors work on its World Day

Havana, May 19 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Public Health Minister, Jose Angel Portal, today recognized the work of family doctors in the commemoration of their World Day and described them as guardians of health and life.
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In a message on his social networks Twitter and Facebook, the minister pointed out that the Family Doctor and Nurse Program managed to become the very essence of the National Health System.

“The dedication of the professionals who work in it has left deep marks in every corner of Cuba and also in many parts of the world.

Thousands of stories are written from the commitment and sensitivity with which our doctors arrive at homes, and although every work is always perfectible, they are women and men who spare no time or effort to protect life,” added Portal.

He recognized the role of the family doctors who in a special way worked “relentlessly in the confrontation with Covid-19, and whose work has been essential.”

“Without them it would have been impossible to assume and face the innumerable challenges that the pandemic has meant in the neighborhoods: they are also our heroes,” he pointed out.

World Family Doctor Day has been celebrated around the world since 2010, at the initiative of the World Organization of National College Academic (WONCA).

One of the main objectives of the commemoration is to highlight the role and contribution of these specialists in health care systems around the world.

According to the Statistical Yearbook of Health, until 2020 Cuba had 26,173 family doctors homes located in communities, which guarantees coverage of one hundred percent of the population.

On January 4, 1984, Fidel inaugurated this initiative and currently there is a doctor for every 120 inhabitants approximately and a nurse for every 128 inhabitants on the island.

Throughout the entire national territory there are 11, 432 Family Doctor and Nurse offices and 449 polyclinics.

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