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Cuba Helps World Countries to Counter Corona: Ambassador


Wed 15 Apr 2020 | 01:37 PM
NaDa Mustafa

No successful future was ever built out of a vacuum; it is impossible to build a strong country without the cooperation between the state and its citizens, and this is what Cuba has succeeded in for decades.

The Cubans trust their government thanks to the available horizons for inpidual development as well as personal and professional growth.

"Cuba" is a country located close to the center of geopolitical tension and has suffered for many years from the brutal sanctions of American capitalism, yet the negative effects of these sanctions did not prevent "Havana" from carrying out its humanitarian duty towards the world even in the most difficult circumstances.

It has become a key and trusted partner in global politics; it also plays an important role in strengthening global security and restoring humanity.

Despite the partial curfew imposed in Egypt to curb the spread of Coronavirus pandemic, "SEE" managed to undergo a wide-ranging interview with Tania Aguiar Fernández, the Cuban Ambassador to Cairo, who has spared no time and information.

Here is the full excerpt of the interview:

Post-Coronavirus World

The Cuban ambassador stressed that her country always believes that a new international economic order is necessary, since before coronavirus pandemic.

She also noted that this idea is repeatedly reflected through Cuban leaders' and diplomats' speeches in the United Nations.

"What happens now with the coronavirus only reinforces our thesis on this subject," Fernández continued. "The system of savage capitalism, based on selfishness, money, and inequality, has to change."

Cuba Philosophy & Humanity

The diplomat said that Cuba's philosophy is very clear, adding that saving lives with doctors is a better choice than killing people with bombs.

She also said that if the resources invested in killing people were invested in health, there would already be a universal solution against many diseases and also that this pandemic would have been better controlled.

"Since the first Cuban medical brigade with internationalist mission left for Algeria in 1963, almost a quarter-million of Cubans health professionals have offered their collaboration to other nations," the ambassador noted. "Now, with coronavirus, we talk about the continuity of such cooperation."

The diplomat also added that Cuba has offered medical service to more than 300 million people around the world, including, two million surgical interventions and the vaccination of nine million children, according to the Cuban Ministry of Public Health.

Moreover, Fernández stressed that the success of cooperation lies in the inclusion of elements such as promotion, prevention, education and universal access to services.

She also pointed out that thanks to the rigor of the Cuban program of training of human resources for health, the country has been able to maintain its national health indicators, despite this international cooperation.

ELAM (Latin American School of Medicine) 

The ambassador emphasized that Cuba exerts a notable effort to educate health professionals in the developing world through the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM), which offers studies for a period of six years to scholarship students from different countries.

The students, in turn, make a moral commitment to work after graduation in communities devoid of health services.

She also added that currently, students from 44 African countries are studying different medical disciplines in Cuba.

Cuban white-robed army

Fernández also talked about "the Operation Miracle program" through which more than 600,000 patients with vision problems from 30 countries in Latin America, the Caribbean and, more recently, Africa have been intervened with high-tech equipment.

"Going where nobody wants to practice medicine is the motto of these Cuban medical missions," she added.

Moreover, the ambassador noted that Cuba is currently sending its white-robed brigades to 38 countries to combat the new coronavirus epidemic, including Italy and Spain, adding that the World Health Organization has also recommended a Cuban medicine, called Interferon Alfa 2B, as one of the most important for the treatment of coronavirus patients.

The ingenuity of Cuban doctors

The ambassador said that Cuba has almost 9 doctors for every thousand inhabitants; about more than 85,000 doctors and 84,000 nurses, stressing that Cuba's medicine is based on preventing people from falling sick.

She also added that Cuba's solid and experienced health system is recognized by the WHO as one of the best in the world.

"The indicators of life expectancy and infant mortality demonstrate this and are similar and in many cases superior to developed countries, including the USA," the diplomat continued. " The professional level of these doctors and nurses is beyond doubt and their results both in Cuba and in other countries show this."

In addition, Fernández noted that Cuba has developed unique medicines in the world, for example against various types of cancer, against diabetic foot ulcers, among others.

"We are proud that Cuba is known worldwide not only for its people, its music, culture, and sports but also for the doctors and the results they have achieved," she said.

 

Partial curfew in Egypt

The Ambassador affirmed that, despite the partial ban in Cairo, she has not stopped working a single day, noting that Coronavirus will not weaken her efforts to build a solid relationship between Cuba and Egypt.

"There are possibilities that exist, gaps to explore and challenges to overcome: that's what I'm dedicated to," she stressed.