Geingob impressed with Cuban health sector

20 Sep 2015 10:40am
By Charles Tjatindi
HAVANA, 20 SEP (NAMPA) – President Hage Geingob has praised the Cuban Government for maintaining high standards of regulations and control over its health sector.
He said the control and regulatory measures put in place to steer the country's health sector has made Cuba one of the leading nations in the provision of quality health services.
The Namibian Head of State made the remarks on Thursday during a brief tour of the Centre for State Control of Drugs and Medical Services, which is Cuba's medicine regulatory authority.
Geingob told reporters shortly after the tour that Namibia can benefit a lot by studying the Cuban model on health - the Latin American nation's leading industry.
“I was quite impressed with the setup here at this centre and I am sure there is still a lot that Namibia can learn and benefit from the Cuban health sector,” he said.
The centre is tasked with the mandate to promote and protect the health of the Cuban population through the control of medicine.
Founded in 1989, the centre's focus includes the manufacturing of pharmaceutical and biotechnological products.
Through this centre, the Cuban Government managed to curtail a deadly outbreak of meningitis a few years ago by promptly developing a successful vaccine against the disease.
Currently, Cuba has less than 1 per cent prevalence rate for meningitis, according to the centre's director Rafael Perez Cristia.
Cristia told reporters during a presentation of the centre's activities to the visiting Namibian delegation that Cuba also managed to reduce its child mortality rate to only 4 per cent through the work of the centre. Namibia’s infant mortality rate stands at 39 deaths per 1 000 live births, according to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (Unicef).
Another highlight of the centre's success has been the development of a vaccine against Hepatitis B – a disease that had threatened the country's health sector.
A team of medical technocrats, led by Namibian Minister of Health and Social Services Bernhard Haufiku, was tasked with the exploration of further opportunities for mutual cooperation in the health sector.
Geingob was one a three-day State visit to Cuba. He left Havana for Texas, United States of America on Thursday.