July 9, 2001 |
In the office of Dr. Alex Carreras near downtown Havana, water drips from a patched ceiling, a window is missing glass and a broken machine for sterilizing instruments lies idle. The phone rings constantly as Carreras explains that his only nurse is out for the week. Carreras and the nurse care for 120 families in the neighborhood. Living and working in the community is essential to understanding patients' needs, he said.
February 12, 1992 |
Doctors in Cuba, seeking natural, local alternatives to costly medical imports, are using a surgical thread developed from the fibers of the island's native sisal plant, the official newspaper Granma reported Tuesday. Granma said the thread, produced from the plant known in Cuba as henequen , is the creation of a Cuban military doctor, Mario Gonzalez-Quevedo.
June 28, 1993 |
So far, doctors know what the disease is not. Health specialists from around the world agree that a mysterious nervous-system epidemic that has swept across Cuba is not caused by a virus and not by bacteria. Although the eye and limb disease has stricken about 45,000 Cubans since it appeared on the island 1 1/2 years ago, doctors say it is not contagious. It does not spread through households, boarding schools and military barracks as a contagious disease would.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1991 |
Thirty-two years ago, Cuba became the first Latin American nation to make health care a right for everybody. Today Cuba still is listed among the poor nations of the world, but it is among the richest in health care services for its 10.6 million inhabitants. Despite a 30-year trade embargo by the United States, unsteady economic relations with the Soviet Union and lagging productivity by its work force, the Cuban government has never slackened its drive toward a top-flight health system.
September 30, 1993 |
A house-to-house vitamin distribution program has quelled an unprecedented epidemic of eye disease that sickened more than 50,000 Cubans, but the cause of the malady remains a mystery. Bjorn Thylefors, head of a World Health Organization investigation team, said in Geneva that a combination of an unknown poison and poor nutrition in Cuba apparently was to blame.
December 11, 1987 |
Cuba's infant mortality rate, now 13.2 per thousand, has dropped to its lowest level ever, Health Minister Julio Teja says. Teja told a meeting of the Health Workers' Union this week that the rate would be down to 10 per thousand in the next few years.