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Natural and traditional medicine achieved its best historical indicators in Cuba

Cuba achieved the best historical indicators in terms of Natural and Traditional Medicine at the end of 2018, the minister of Public Health, José Ángel Portal Miranda, recently stated during a working meeting led by the president of the councils of State and ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez.

Cuba achieved the best historical indicators in terms of Natural and Traditional Medicine at the end of 2018, the minister of Public Health, José Ángel Portal Miranda, recently stated during a working meeting led by the president of the councils of State and ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez.

The meeting, focused on the most recent applications, results and challenges in this area, which has had an upward development in the country since the 1960s, transcended that:

  • The basic table of Natural Products has grown from 32 to 153 sets.
  • Of these, 97 are produced locally and 56 are industrial.
  • Have been revitalized 26 centers of local production of drugs, which were introduced 837 computers, intended for both production and quality control.

Díaz-Canel insisted on defending at all times that each technique or product introduced is scientifically validated. He also drew attention to the importance of taking advantage of the potentialities that exist in the different laboratories to increase the productions, as well as to achieve packaging with better presentation and finishing, he published the website of the presidency.

Based on the plan approved in 2015 to promote this activity, actions have been carried out related, among other aspects, to the securing of the production, distribution and marketing of natural products; medical care, teaching, and research.

According to Portal Miranda, at the end of the first quarter of 2019, more than 46 % of the offices of the doctor and the nurse of the family have sets of Acupuncture; and in all the territories are implemented, basic courses to address the emergency, and the Diploma in Natural Medicine and Traditional, addressed to the staff of the offices of the physician of the family, the bodies of the guard and rehabilitation services.

Work is currently under way on the documentation of a clinical trial on the hypoglycaemic effect of the oleiferous moringa in capsules for patients with Type II Diabetes Mellitus, involving the National Coordinating Centre for Clinical Trials, The Institute of Endocrinology and the Sierra Maestra Science, Technology and research entity.

Roberto Morales Ojeda, vice president of the councils of State and ministers, stressed that the industry still has many reserves to reach a higher level of assortments and quantities, which can also become an exportable line of the country.

There are ten therapeutic modalities of Natural Medicine and Traditional down-regulated in Cuba, among which are the Acupuncture and its related techniques, Herbal medicine, Apitherapy, Homeopathy, Flower essence Therapy and Ozone therapy.

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