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Cuba has lowest infant mortality rate due to congenital malformations

Havana, Aug 10 (Prensa Latina) The Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) informed that Cuba has the lowest infant mortality rate due to congenital malformations in the American region.

This result is one per every 1,000 live births among children under one year of age, said the Ministry, which was quoted by Granma newspaper.

The achievements of the National Program of Medical Genetics contribute to reducing the incidence of disabilities due to genetic factors in the population and increasing life expectancy.

One of the keys to success is medical genetics as part of the comprehensive care given to pregnant women within the Mother and Child Program to diagnose, treat, and prevent genetic diseases and congenital anomalies.

The National Center for Medical Genetics celebrated its 20th anniversary on August 5, with the legacy of Commander-in-Chief Fidel Castro, who promoted the study of the Cuban genetic heritage.

The Center is currently a reference unit for Latin America in implementing a program for the diagnosis, management and prevention of genetic diseases through primary healthcare.