Infant mortality rate reduced in Nicaragua thanks to Cuban help

Campaign News | Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Thanks to the work of Cuban doctors in a remote region of Nicaragua, the infant mortality rate was reduced to zero, according to a government report issued on Tuesday.

In a press release, the Communications and Citizens Council said the infant mortality rate was brought down to zero in the municipality of Muelle de los Buyes and surrounding communities located in the South Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAS), after the Cuban medical brigade arrived in the area.

The statement points out that the municipalities benefited had been long forgotten by the neo-liberal governments.

Recently, the Cuban medical brigade, comprised of a little more than 100 physicians, surpassed a million doctor’s visits in Nicaragua including

2,224 operations performed and 1,741 births delivered, said the head of the brigade, Dr. Luis Carlos Avila.

Likewise, in the municipality of Ciudad Sandino, located on the outskirts of the capital Managua, more than 23,000 people with different eye ailments have received treatment thanks to another Cuban health initiative that is the Operation Miracle Eye Clinic.

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