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Cuban Government: “Cuba has high potential to be a benchmark in health tourism”

Madrid Spain.- In the midst of the health crisis that the country is going through, the Minister of Tourism of Cuba, Juan Carlos García Granda, said this Monday that the Island “has high potential to be a benchmark in health tourism worldwide.”

During the opening of the I International Fair of Medical Tourism and Well-being, García Granda considered that Cuba has the conditions to develop health tourism since, in addition to sun and beach destinations, it has “medical professionals, rigorous biosafety protocols and programs to improve quality of life.”

For his part, the Cuban Prime Minister, Manuel Marrero Cruz, quoted by the newspaper Escambraypointed out that the event “will promote a renewed approach to tourism in a modality for which Cuba has infrastructure, highly trained professionals, a network of services and leading programs in the treatment of diseases such as cancer and diabetes.”

Just as he added that during the meeting “well-being products and services offered jointly by the Ministries of Tourism and Public Health, based on accessibility and in a safe environment,” will be promoted.

However, the Cuban people not only do not have access to these “well-being products and services”, but in their day-to-day life they find it difficult to obtain the most basic medicines, they face unsanitary conditions in hospitals and the lack of specialists who can attend to their ailments.

This same Monday it transpired that the Salvador Allende hospital in the capital, known as the Covadonga, It was practically without laboratory workers, since most of them left the country in recent days.

Just as publications constantly appear on social networks from Cubans asking for help to get medicines.

Last July the young Andy Agüero Barrios died after hours in the Rafael Valdés polyclinic in Havana waiting for an ambulance to take him to a hospital.

In last july The BioCubaFarma Business Group reported that during the first six months of 2022 around 142 pharmaceutical products were lacking; figure that represents more than a third of the 369 basic medicines that make up the National Health System.

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