Cuba's health system, which implements several programs to improve the quality of life of the people, is based on state-of-the-art technology and methods created by local institutions.
The Cuban public health system includes imaging services based on sophisticated computer systems and hi-tech equipment installed in 267 hospitals, in addition to polyclinics and dental clinics.
Cuban health authorities have installed Computerized Axial Tomography and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance equipment in several institutions, so that doctors can make a very accurate diagnosis in a short period of time.
The latest achievements – which are available for both Cubans and foreigners – are modern surgical techniques to treat a wide range of ophthalmologic pathologies, which have also benefited thousands of Latin American patients as part of an initiative known as Operación Milagro (Operation Miracle).
Cuba's industry has also designed and produced sophisticated equipment, including the ANGIODIN PD3000, which is used to make an early and non-invasive diagnosis of peripheral circulatory ailments.
The equipment allows doctors to study peripheral arterial insufficiencies, diabetic angiopathies, erectile sexual dysfunctions and occlusive syndromes, and to determine the optimal amputation level.
Children benefit from a National Immunization Program that protects them against 13 preventable diseases, including tetanus, diphtheria, typhus and hepatitis.
Other Cuban-made products are the anti-meningococcal vaccine (type B and C), which has been registered in 19 countries and 55 million doses of which have been administered, and the vaccine against the Haemophilus influenzae, the only one of its kind in the world, since it is obtained from a synthetic antigen.
Cuba's pharmaceutical industry has created nine products against malignant tumors that are in different stages of clinical trials at 19 hospitals in the country, as well as in Canada, China, Germany and Argentina. One of those products is the monoclonal antibody Acm CIMAHER, which is highly effective in patients suffering from advance head, neck and nasopharyngeal cancer.
Ultrasound equipment, rehabilitation apparatuses and vital support vehicles – which are used in medical emergency services – are also included in the wide range of alternatives in Cuba's public health system.
Precisely, based on the development of its public health system, Cuba reports a life expectancy of more than 73 years and a low infant mortality rate that can be compared to the one reported in developed countries.