Cuba, The PAHO Evaluates Plans to Fight Zika

Havana, Feb 29 (Prensa Latina) The director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Carissa Etienne, and subregional representatives meet here today to discuss internal affairs of the entity and others, such as the national programs to combat zika.

The meeting, which will take place until Friday, includes on its agenda a lecture by Cuban Health Minister Roberto Morales, on achievements and challenges of the health system in the country.

It will be an opportunity for colleagues in the organization to know closely the progress of health in Cuba, said in statements to Prensa Latina Cristian Morales, representative of PAHO / WHO on the island.

He also stated that during the meeting will be discussed the situation of world emergency caused by the alleged association of zika and the emergence of babies with microcephaly.

The event also seeks to enhance the capabilities of each country to respond in a coordinated way to this urgency, he pointed out.

Also, there will be exchanges on the deployment of strategies to progress to reach the goals of sustainable development, an effort that we share with the United Nations, he added.

The PAHO official considered crucial the calling of Cuban President Raúl Castro, to join all efforts to fight this virus, which is present in 32 nations of the area.

He also joined the call for participation of each citizen for the success of the sanitation campaign designed to confront the transmitter vector. The key is to involve all people, he said.

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