Cuba will implement new regulations for international health control

From the first of March, the Ministry of Public Health (Public Health Ministry) of Cuba, will enforce new regulations to strengthen epidemiological surveillance and activity of International Health Control in order to protect the health of the population, reported the Cuban Agency News (ACN).

MINSAP considered a group of measures taking into account the alarming situation created by the increase in cases of mosquito of the genus Aedes, such as dengue, chikungunya and zika in the Americas, as well as by an outbreak of foot-borne diseases yellow in the Republic of Angola.

These health checks and surveillance at all entry points into the country will be strengthened, said Dr. Francisco Duran, director of Epidemiology, of that organism.

all foreigners who come to study in Cuba a health certificate, obtained in a period not exceeding three months before traveling, legalized in the embassy of Cuba in the country of origin or residence shall be guaranteed.

The regulations also include performing the Declaration of Health at points of entry to people from all states currently report of the above ailments.

the temperature control at all points of entry to Cuba (airports, ports and marinas international) also be strengthened, and every traveler who arrives with a fever will be forwarded to the designated sites in each territory for surveillance, research and treatment, he stressed Last for.

Similarly, vaccination against yellow fever is required, with no less than 10 days before traveling, and certified license immunization to all Cubans who for various reasons leave to the Republic of Angola and administer the immunogen before heading out to the African nation.

Although Cuba since 1909 no cases of yellow fever, currently the immunogen is administered throughout the national territory, for which there are 68 municipalities and 72 polyclinics with vaccination points have syringes and vaccines, the official said.

In a meeting with the press, Roberto Morales Ojeda, Minister of Public Health, said that the risk of introduction of zika in the country is high, due to the extensive cooperation and international exchange, the levels of infestation of the mosquito in 55 municipalities, and the high susceptibility of the Cuban population to these evils.

Given the effects that these conditions cause to human health, and the economic cost would represent a major epidemic, the highest address in the nation approved a Plan of Action is implemented intensive since last week.
This includes eliminating and / or reducing the factors that determine the high infestation of Aedes aegypti and albopictus, so that no danger to the spread of disease, with the participation of all sectors, implementing sustainable monitoring actions, ensure strengthening of international health control measures and support the care of patients who may have these conditions.

Cuban Radio, Radio Cubana

February 29, 2016

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