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Cubans recognize the work of healthcare professionals
Cubans recognize the work of healthcare professionals. Photo: Cubasí.cu
Every December 3, patients and family members all over Cuba, congratulate their doctors, nurses, and healthcare technicians. The date marks the day in Camagüey, 1833, when Carlos Juan Finlay Barrés was born; an eminent Cuban doctor who discovered that yellow fever is transmitted through mosquitoes, and developed a treatment for neonatal tetanus.

This year the Cuban people will honor the country's healthcare professionals in a series of activities commemorating Latin American Medicine Day during which the selfless efforts of sector workers both on the island and international missions will be recognized

Besides outstanding healthcare workers from every province in the country, internationalist collaborators, and those that have participated in the anti-vector campaigns to prevent the spread of illnesses, such as Zika, dengue and Chikungunya.

Activities began on November 8 and will continue through January 15; including a well-deserved tribute to Commandant Ernesto Che Guevara, on the 50th anniversary of his death in Bolivia; and to Commandant Fidel Castro Ruz, one year since his passing; as well as celebrations marking the 44th anniversary of the National Health Workers Trade Union.

Meanwhile, tribute ceremonies and special acts will be held, along with days of voluntary work, which will include cleaning and sprucing up work places.

Dr. Santiago Badía, General Secretary of the National Health Workers Trade Union, speaking to Granma International, noted that efforts to raise the population’s quality of life, and improve health indicators, of the over 470,000 sector workers across all branches of the country’s healthcare system.

Taken from Granma.cu

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