CARLOS Cortés, principal technical advisor for the United Nations Development Program’s (UNDP) efforts in Cuba, discussed the country’s program to control tuberculosis (TB).
The official reported that the nation has, for more than 50 years, kept close tabs on the disease, maintaining one of the lowest prevalence and incidence rates in the Western Hemisphere.
Cortés emphasized that this has been possible thanks to the public health system which offers quality treatment and epidemiological follow-up, at the primary care level.
TB is not a health problem in Cuba because the population at risk is minimal. Nevertheless, the Ministry of Public Health and UNDP work jointly to ensure that those affected receive the best treatment possible, Cortés reported.
The scientist made a presentation on the subject at the 20th Latin American Pharmacology and Therapy Congress at Havana’s International Convention Center, attended by some 800 delegates from 40 nations. (AIN)