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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Ecuador VP Praises Cuban Health

Quito, Feb 10 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian Vicepresident Lenin Moreno highlighted on Tuesday in this capital the development achieved by Cuba in health care, and the solidarity of that Caribbean country with other Latin American peoples.

Opening the Ecuador-Cuba Workshop of Research in the Sphere of Disabilities, Moreno welcomed a delegation of Cuban doctors and said they came to pass on their experience in assisting people with disabilities and catastrophic diseases.

It is a pending task, refused by previous administrations, but the government and the People's Revolution are assuming to render services to a marginalized section of the population, he said.

The vicepresident said 12 percent of this country's inhabitants has problems of disabilities, something that requires a national effort to achieve inclusion of those citizens in society.

With Cuban support and experience, they will guarantee advisory and technical training to government entities and professional institutions involved in this country in the assistance to disabilities and catastrophic diseases, he said.

We hope that through experience exchange, we can build an inclusive society, he said, highlighting the progress made by the Island in health, despite the economic and trade blockade that the United States imposed 50 years ago.

The Cuban delegation is presided over by Health Viceminister Marcia Cobas Ruiz and Doctors Beatriz Marcheco, Mitchel Valdez, Emelia Icart, Niviola Cabrera and Miriam Portuondo.

The doctors will present, in the coming four days, their ideas and plans boosted in Cuba to assist people with disabilities and catastrophic diseases.

Ecuadorian Health Minister Caroline Chang and Cuban ambassador to this country Benigno Perez attended the opening of the workshop, which will conclude on Friday.

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