The application of science and innovation constitutes an important introduction to primary health care in Cuba, as revealed in the work sessions of the III Congress of Family Medicine held in Havana until November 3.
Ileana Morales Suárez, National Director of Science and Innovation at the Ministry of Public Health, assured today in a Keynote Conference that “Cuba has a particular model of uniting the three major actors in primary health care through the management of the expression of care, teaching, and research as a necessary triad.”
“Currently, research in our country serves as a bridge between teaching and care,” he said, while emphasizing how science is the path and the main link to improving care and teaching.
At the Convention Center, he encouraged the development of this mechanism within primary health care in general. He also recalled that they were the pillars of this four decades of family medicine in the country.
In the exact direction that he directed his words in this important event, which, with the motto “40 years of successes, challenges, and challenges of family medicine in Cuba, in search of universal health,” brought together foreign and national professionals,
A new look at such an important and sensitive program of the largest in the Antilles, which aims to develop the family doctor and nurse program, which was created in 1984 by the historical leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, also made by Dr. Ileana Morales Suárez.
As part of the exhibition, the National Director of Science and Innovation of MINSAP sent a message to recognize those working in primary health care and praised their role as “true heroes in the phase of dealing with and preventing COVID-19.
“It is a success in Cuba, he said, where the industry works for and for the health of the people, forming a single, very strong team, and that in the pandemic more than what is shown in the whole territory.”
His assessment of the role of youth and women within the army of white coats and especially the advances in health science are relevant.
Later, he summarized the priority that this activity has now in the largest of the Antilles, although there is a long experience in this sense promoted by Fidel, he added.
“Since the creation of the Victoria de Girón Institute of Basic and Preclinical Sciences more than 60 years ago, an event that we consider the birth of health science due to its impact on the training of human resources, it began with “Shape the idea of a health system with a strong research foundation.”
This is what Morales Suárez stated, who also mentioned the work of medical care institutions that emerged in 1966. “From there, the seeds of what should be done at all levels of the sector were sown, and then the rest of the management was aimed at the universalization of teaching, telematics, and research strategy, until we reached a process of major changes in 2010, where we experienced a significant change in the organization.
Valuable reflections on this second day of the III Congress of Family Medicine, where the participants also shared the First Vice Minister of MINSAP, Tania Margarita Cruz Hernández, and the President of the Ibero-American Conference on Family Health, Patricia Bernal Ocampo.
As a special moment, the occasion is suitable for honoring the outstanding professionals who have done good work in the sector and for their contribution to the Family Medicine Program. That’s why the applause came for those doctors and nurses from the communities, as true guardians of life.