Raul and Margaret Chan Attend Opening of New Medical Centers
HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 15 (acn) Army General Raul Castro, First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party and President of the councils of State and Ministers, attended on Tuesday in this capital the inauguration of the new building of the Center for State Control of Medicaments, Equipment and Medical Devices (CECMED) and the National Coordinating Center of Clinical Trials (CENCEC).
Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), cut the opening ribbon of the two institutions in Playa municipality, in a ceremony also attended by Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, Second Secretary of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party and Vice-president of the councils of State and Ministers; Public Health Minister Roberto Morales, ministers of other institutions, experts and guests of several countries.
The visitors toured areas of the modern building, built with advanced materials and technological systems.
The first Center has laboratories to carry out the good practices established by the WHO and the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO).
Doctor Margaret Chan said she was impressed by the great achievements obtained by Cuba in the field of health and acknowledged the strategic importance of joining in the same building work areas that are essential for Cuban scientific development.
While referring to Cuban scientists she highlighted their dedication and results, in spite of the economic blockade the country is suffering.
For her part, PAHO director Clarisse F. Etienne asserted, on behalf of her organization, that "we're here to celebrate the genius, creativity, tenacity and perseverance of the Cuban people and the concretion of a very visionary leadership."
The results of their institutions benefit the Americas and beyond, she pointed out.
Raul and Margaret Chan, who will end her two-day visit on Tuesday, signed the visitors' book of the two institutions.