On his X account, the head of State expressed gratitude to “the great family of Latin American medicine due o their professionality, consecration and deep sense of human solidarity with which they accomplish defying missions inside and outside the Homeland.”
Also on X, National People’s Power Assembly President (Parliament) Esteban Lazo conveyed his congratulations and acknowledgement of the health workers, whom he described as people with a deep humanistic vocation, professionalism and dedication in Cuba and the world.
Latin American Medicine Day pays tribute to one of the most outstanding Cuban scientists of all time, Carlos J. Finlay, who discovered the transmitting agent of yellow fever, the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
Finlay devoted his entire life to solving the major problems of the epidemiological situation in Cuba at his time.
For Cuba, this date is a milestone in health matters for the benefit of the population and peoples of other lands, and a departure to assume new commitments and challenges in the difficult task of maintaining high public health indicators, even amid the limitations imposed by the economic, commercial and financial blockade of the United States, as well as on the advancement of programs and projects that respond to epidemiological emergencies and in the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, as well as the reduction of infant and maternal mortality.