Cuban Pe­di­atric So­ci­ety Congress Cel­e­brates Med­i­cal Suc­cess

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On Jan­uary 26, the Cuban Pe­di­atric So­ci­ety con­cluded its an­nual Congress and cel­e­brated the 90th an­niver­sary of the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

The event, held at Ha­vana’s Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, had the par­tic­i­pa­tion of more than 400 spe­cial­ists, 325 Cuban pe­di­a­tri­cians and more than 100 rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the United States, Qatar, Mex­ico, Peru, the Do­mini­can Repub­lic, Ar­gentina, Colom­bia and the Euro­pean Union.

As with much of Cuba’s med­i­cal care, this event fo­cused on the pre­ven­tive as­pects of med­i­cal care, the prob­lems that can af­fect the health of infants and ado­les­cents and how to main­tain those who are al­ready healthy.

The event in­cluded more than 130 sep­a­rate pre­sen­ta­tions. It also in­cluded a spe­cial award in trib­ute to An­gel Ar­turo Aballi (1880-1952), the founder of the Cuban Pe­di­atric So­ci­ety.

This year, the Congress had one other sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone to note. As a re­sult of this group’s dili­gent work and the care of all in the Cuban health care sys­tem, in 2017 the coun­try cel­e­brated hav­ing what is among the low­est in­fant mor­tal­ity rates in the world – only 4.1 deaths for ev­ery 1,000 live births, com­pared to 5.82 in the U.S., which claims to have the world's most ad­vanced med­i­cal sys­tem.

As Cuba’s Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Health, Roberto Mo­rales, said in a sep­a­rate state­ment about that met­ric, “This is a mile­stone that re­flects the in­te­gra­tion of the en­tire health care sys­tem in the coun­try, which is about lives saved, qual­ity of life, hap­pi­ness and sat­is­fac­tion for our peo­ple.” Be­hind the re­mark­able in­fant mor­tal­ity num­ber is the elim­i­na­tion of dis­eases such as po­liomyeli­tis, diph­the­ria and tetanus. Trans­mis­sion of de­bil­i­tat­ing ill­nesses such as whoop­ing cough, measles, rubella and mumps is ac­tively man­aged to min­i­mize any pos­si­bil­ity of new­borns catch­ing the dis­eases.

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