Cuba-Venezuela agreement: example of integration

In response to bilateral Integral Health Cooperation Agreement, signed by both governments, arrived in Havana on November 30, 2000 the first flight with patients who would be cared for free at high medical institutions.

Thus was launched a solidarity bridge between the two nations, recalled ACN exclusively to Dr. Pedro Francisco Llerena, director of the International Health Center La Pradera, located west of the Cuban capital.

In these 14 years have been served more than 62,000 Venezuelans, they exceed 33 000 patients, and the rest companions explained also the founder of the program.

During this stage they performed 12 000 386 surgical interventions, of which 10 000 118 adults and other children, while exceeding two thousand companions who also received medical services, he said.

Among the most common ailments are orthopedic, ophthalmologic, neurologic, the skin, heart, congenital malformations and diseases of the respiratory system in both children and adults, he said.

He said that so far this year have benefited more than two thousand 400 patients, and between procedures with increased demand include physical-motor rehabilitation and treatment of cancer vaccines and monoclonal antibodies developed by the Center of Molecular Immunology, products with which they have had excellent results.

In the program of care for patients Venezuelan working 43 facilities in five provinces: Santiago de Cuba, Granma, Holguín, Villa Clara and Havana, and is intended for 2015 to extend these services to other medical institutions, announced.

One of the patients benefited by this humanist project is Carmen Arteaga, Capital District government lawyer in Caracas, where he lives.

In late October she has already undergone for a cyst in Gynecobstetric Hospital Ramón González Coro hospital in the capital city, with Dr. Capote.

  “I received excellent care from doctors, nurses, and services, Arteaga said.

“That nostalgia that one has to leave his country, being away from his, I did not hit much because I really felt family,” he said, while transmitted the eternal gratitude to the Commanders Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro this brilliant idea.

The health agreement between the two countries has benefited his dad, above, and now her husband Osvaldo Báez, his companion. Meanwhile, he also expressed pride and affection has met Cuba and its people which send a hug.

  Model for Latin American integration, Integral Cooperation Agreement Cuba-Venezuela Health, initialed on October 30, 2000 by Presidents Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez has made possible the brotherly people achieve higher levels of happiness, besides privileging human condition of patients. 

Translated by: Daysi Olano Fernandez 

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