Friday, October 16, 2020
Havana, Oct 16.- Dr. José Moya, representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Cuba, praised in this capital the excellent performance of the Cuban Public Health system in the treatment of arterial hypertension, a condition that it affects more than 30 percent of its population over 15 years of age.
At a press conference, Moya indicated that the Cuban Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) has been the recipient this year of the Award for Organizational Excellence in the prevention and control of this non-communicable disease, awarded by the World League of Hypertension.
Regarding the celebration of World Hypertension Day on October 17, the WHO representative said that recognition is gaining strength in the context of Covid-19, in which a high percentage of critical and serious cases in the world has had this chronic pathology as a risk factor.
In that sense, he highlighted Cuba’s achievements in preventing the spread of the epidemic, and insisted on self-care and personal responsibility both in the provinces that are in the stage of the new normal and in those that are going through other post-pandemic phases.
In turn, he recognized the advances of Cuban biotechnology with the first Soberana 01 vaccine candidate, in phase two of clinical trials, which constitutes the first specific vaccine in Latin America and the Caribbean against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, a pathogen that causes Covid-19.
For his part, Jorge Luis León Álvarez, member of the National Technical Advisory Commission on Arterial Hypertension, explained that in the stage of coexistence with the virus, hypertensive patients should take extreme care, systematically check their blood pressure and comply with health guidelines dictated by the MINSAP.
Managing stress, following dietary suggestions to maintain an adequate weight, and engaging in physical activities within the home are actions that contribute to controlling non-infectious disease.
For several decades, Cuba has been developing the National Program for the prevention, diagnosis, evaluation and control of arterial hypertension, which integrates the different levels of health care and coordinates with other entities and organisms of the Cuban State. (Text and photo: ACN)
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