The Cuban Ministry of Public Health said at a virtual meeting with the health authority of Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday that it is willing to assist the southern metropolis in rolling out community healthcare projects.
The virtual meeting featured discussions on healthcare services between the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health and the Cuban ministry’s primary healthcare board, as well as Cuban health experts.
The Cuban side will dispatch two public health experts to Ho Chi Minh City to survey and discuss what needs to be done to facilitate community-based healthcare services in the city.
The Health Ministry of Cuba also invited the city’s health delegation to visit Cuba and learn from its public healthcare system.
Earlier at the meeting, Ailuj Casanova Baroto, head of the Cuban primary healthcare board, briefed participants on the Caribbean island's public healthcare system, which is considered one of the most effective healthcare systems in the world.
Cuba’s healthcare system ensures that all citizens are able to approach healthcare services at no charge, said Tang Chi Thuong, director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health.
The system focuses on the prevention of illnesses and the enhancement of public health education.
Community-based medical stations play a crucial part in this system, with a large number of them set up throughout urban and rural areas in Cuba.
There is one station for every 1,000 households in this nation.
Cuban healthcare workers are well trained to give diagnosis and medical treatment for common illnesses, while offering disease preventive measures to Cuban residents.
Its medical facilities also provide many other services such as vaccination, periodic medical checkups, pregnancy services, and newborn care.
Groups of Cuban health experts regularly visit these medical stations to jointly provide medical checkups and treatment for residents in the neighborhood.
Also, the Cuban healthcare system focuses on the research and development of novel healthcare methods, thus ensuring that the best healthcare measures are adopted to ensure public health.
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