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Economic blockade negatively impacts Cuban healthcare system

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THE damages caused by the U.S. blockade to the Cuban healthcare system are incalculable, but the island’s government is committed to finding the solution to any medical emergency, despite the expense, stated Pedro Luis Veliz, director of the National Council of Scientific Health Societies. Many people are often unaware of the efforts undertaken by the country to provide free healthcare to the population, added Luis Veliz, also president of the Cuban Society of Intensive and Emergency Medicine.

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The work of many hands

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Thus in August 1965, the National Observatory, run by the Revolutionary Navy at that time, became part of the Academy of Sciences of Cuba (ACC). Days later, Dr. Antonio Nuñez Jiménez, president of the ACC, signed a resolution which created the Institute of Meteorology, through the merger of staff from the former Observatory and those belonging to the Meteorological Department created by this body 15 months earlier.

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Cuban medicine achieves over 95% heart surgery survival rate

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Cuba has achieved a heart surgery survival rate of over 95%, including coronary and vascular operations and those linked to congenital heart defects, a figure which places the island among the most advanced countries in this field. The information was provided during the Cardiovilla 2015 International Congress, which is being held in the Euro Star Hotel in Cayo Santa María.

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8,295 patients treated with stem cells

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By the end of the first half of this year, the total number of patients treated with stem cells in Cuba had reached 8,295, Dr. Porfirio Hernández, deputy director of Research at the Institute of Hematology and Immunology, told Granma. First used in Cuba in February 2004, the advanced procedure is now offered in 14 of the 15 provinces of the country, with the specialties of orthopedics and traumatology, and angelology, seeing the most cases treated with 4,059 (49%) and 3,511 (42%), respectively.

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Cuban hepatitis B medication undergoing clinical trials

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A Cuban medication to treat chronic hepatitis B, HeberNasvac, created by scientists at the Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Center (CIGB), is currently undergoing clinical trials in collaboration with the French company Abivax. The product has been undergoing safety and efficacy tests for several years, stated a CIGB specialist.

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Cuba Discovers Endocranium Cavity of a Sea Cow from Cenozoic Era

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A endocranium cavity that probably belonged to one of the species of sirenian, also known as sea cows, was discovered in a quarry of the southern town of Jaguey Grande, in western Cuba. These specimens were common in the tropical seas of the Caribbean region, and the fossil is considered of an exceptional paleontological value, reported Granma newspaper.

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Ensuring sustainable economic and social progress

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Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez presided over the opening ceremony of the 10th International Convention on the Environment and Development, being held in Havana’s Convention Center until July 10. While opulence and poverty coexist, while a minority holds the resources that hundreds of millions of people lack, there will be no genuinely viable options for progress, said Elba Rosa Pérez Montoya, Cuban minister of Science, Technology and Environment.

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Cuba Reiterates Importance on Biological Weapons Convention

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Cuba has insisted here in the importance of the strengthening and implementation of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC), whose objective is to prevent the development and proliferation of those arsenals. Addressing a BTWC meeting, Cuba representative Juan Antonio Quintanilla explained some actions his country has implemented to comply with what was established by that accord and protect human being and environment.