Pan-American Health Organization Praises Cuba as an Example in Preventing Diseases

Havana, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) With more than 98 percent of immunization in all vaccines, Cuba is an example for the world in the prevention of diseases, said the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO).

During the opening of the Vaccination Week in the Americas, held in this capital, PAHO Director Carissa Etienne highlighted Cuba’s role in the commitment, investment and passion for health.

She said that Cuba has so far eliminated poliomyelitis, neonatal tetanus, diphtheria, measles, rubella and the congenital rubella syndrome, among other infections.

According to Etienne, vaccination is one of the most powerful tools that science has developed to prevent diseases and save lives.

Etienne added that the 16th Vaccination Week in the Americas is held in several countries and the initiative seeks to immunize 70 million people against dangerous preventable diseases.

She noted that with this initiative, which has been carried out since 2003, more than 720 million people have been vaccinated against several preventable diseases.

This year, Cuba hosted the event for the first time, coinciding with the opening here of the 3rd International Convention Cuba-Health 2018, an event for scientific debate on the achievements made in this field.

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