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President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez inaugurates new Institute of Hematology and Immunology headquarters

institiuto hematologiaAlongside the Second Secretary of the Party Central Committee, José Ramón Machado Ventura, the President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, attended the inauguration of the new headquarters of the Dr. José Manuel Ballester Santovenia Institute of Hematology and Immunology on Saturday, located in the Havana municipality of Vedado.

Since its creation, this institution has provided prestige to the national health system for its contributions in areas such as hematology, immunology and transfusion medicine, as well as transplant activity.

“This has been the dream of many generations of scientists and health professionals,” stated Dr. Consuelo Macías Abraham, director of the institution.

The inauguration was also attended by Mercedes López Acea, member of the Party Political Bureau and its first secretary in Havana, and Political Bureau member, Vice President of the Council of State and Minister of Public Health, Roberto Morales Ojeda, as well as health sector workers and local residents.

Dr. Macías Abraham noted the significance of the inauguration of the new headquarters, due to its scope, technology and infrastructure, and reiterated the commitment of the center and its staff to continue working to improve the health of the Cuban population.

She explained that over the next five years, the Institute will be working to raise remission rates of pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia up to 90%, by introducing the study of Minimum Residual Disease, haploidentical and unrelated donor transplantations.

Likewise, the introduction of traditional and massive sequencing to identify new diagnosis of hematological and immunological diseases, personalized treatments and the extension of the registry of unrelated donors, are key areas of work.

Also part of the efforts is the development of an umbilical cord cell bank, to contribute to transplant innovation.

The Institute of Hematology and Immunology was founded on December 2, 1966, and 52 years later, it continues to be distinguished by its scientific rigor, competence and the dedication of its workers.

Dr. Machado Ventura, who under the guidance of Fidel founded the country’s health research institutes that same year, had the honor of cutting the ribbon, before President Díaz-Canel, together with other authorities, toured the institution.


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