PAHO highlights Cuba's work in the battle to COVID-19

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) highlighted on Tuesday the work of Cuba in reducing the incidence of the COVID-19 pandemic and praised the efficient tracking of the contagion chain.

Sylvain Aldighieri, PAHO Incident Manager for COVID-19, highlighted in a virtual continental conference to "the Republic of Cuba, where the tracking of contacts, combined with other activities, have allowed a reduction in the incidence rate in recent weeks" .

As reported by Prensa Latina, the manager explained that "we have a mosaic of towns, as well as epidemiological profiles and trends in this region", while highlighting the efficiency with which the group of islands in the Eastern Caribbean worked, which did not report cases for several weeks.

Aldighieri asserted that there are other examples, but he also had a separate mention for Costa Rica, a country from which he positively evaluated its "strong field epidemiology actions" that allowed the result of lowering the contagion curve for better preparation of services.

Regarding the traceability of those infected, he stated that it is a part of the sequence-based strategy: confirmed case detection, tracking of their contacts and quarantine of these, monitoring and testing (if symptoms appear), isolation and treatment.

He also explained that the success of the screening depends on the preexistence of strong and solid primary health care programs and a field epidemiology system; Regarding both, he reported that PAHO offers member countries guidelines on the subject and technical assistance in the traceability of cases.

During the exchange, the question was raised about recent statements by the head of US diplomacy, Mike Pompeo, who, as part of his campaign against Cuban doctors, asked PAHO for explanations of "how he became an intermediary" for Cuba in the More Doctors program of Brazil.

Carissa Etienne, PAHO Director, replied that "firstly, PAHO's relationship with the United States and the American people is a truly deep relationship" and recalled that it emerged with the support of President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1858-1919). ).

She also mentioned that, as part of the work to deal with multiple health problems, since 2012 the institution participated in the More Doctors program, which offered assistance to more than 60 million Brazilians, particularly those who live in remote areas.

“Brazil has received doctors from all over the world, including doctors from Cuba. During the term of this program, PAHO kept the countries informed, as well as the governing bodies, and our role was also monitored and we were audited. ”

Etienne said that information is available for consultation by all member states "including the United States, but PAHO remains committed to addressing all concerns of the United States, to strengthen the organization, and to maintain the high confidence of the American people, as well as all members of PAHO”.