The Prevention of Diseases in Cuba

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For the results of the Immunoassay Centre, it has again been awarded as National Vanguard, for the prevention in Cuba of multiple diseases in all the stages of the life

By: Patricia Cáceres
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A total of 583 medical services in Cuba are using the SUMA (Ultra Micro Analytical System) technology developed by the Immunoassay Centre (CIE) as part of the indispensable strategies of the Cuban Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP).
The CIE offers also goods, training for the specialists, and top-quality technical and external control assistance to the 527 Cuban laboratories which are working abroad.

The results of this institution, that is celebrating the 27th anniversary of its foundation, will benefit the prevention of multiple diseases in all the stages of the life.

The above was explained by the coordinator of the National Programs of Tecnosuma International S.A; sales representative of the CIE, Dr. Rebeca S. González Fernández who assured that such entity takes part mainly in four guidelines in the Cuban health system.

González Fernández said that «one of these guidelines is the Mother-Infant program. In this program the CIE contributes with its first product: the alpha-fetoprotein test for reducing mortality due to malformations in the neural tube. This is a test that is undergone by all expectant mothers in Cuba at present.

The SUMA technology is also used in neonatal research for the early detection of diseases like congenital hypothyroidism and other metabolic diseases which cause death or some kind of severe mental retard and other consequences which arise if they are not early detected.

The expert said that this technology has been also been implemented on the control of transmissible diseases like AIDS, hepatitis and Dengue, among others.

González Fernández also said that an important contribution has been made in the treatment of non-transmissible chronic diseases with the use of an instrument for the diagnosis and quantification of the micro-albuminuria (the presence of albumin in the urine) which is one of the first parameter of kidney disease, which considerably affects Cuba and the rest of the world.»

She assured that «the CIE, in collaboration with the MINSAP, has developed glucometers and biosensors which are given to the diabetic people in Cuba. This is an important contribution for the improvement of the health quality in diabetic patients, who will have a better control of their illness to avoid further complications like the blindness or retinopathy, or amputations. or amputation.»

Another important work of the CIE is that which has been done as part of the Integral Program for Cancer Control in Cuba. She said that «the CIE has the technological package to detect cervical cancer, which has a kit for obtaining cytological samples incorporated.

González Fernández also said that the CIE has developed a video-colposcope that is eight times more efficient in the diagnosis of any malignant or pre-malignant lesion than the diagnosis made by the specialist. The colposcopes are available in 45 consultation offices for cervical collar pathologies, and regarding the consultation for benign pathologies, they are present in more than a hundred of municipalities in Cuba. An equipment for electro surgery is also put together with the colposcope.

She highlighted the work developed by the Immunoassay Centre in the detection of specific antigens for the prostate or in the investigation of prostate cancer, the second cause of death in the Cuban male.

«The CIE has developed a quick immunological test for the detection of human hemoglobin in the feces, which is the one used all over the world for colon cancer screening, the third cause of death in Cuba in both sexes, feminine and male, she said.

«The CIE also has other products that are useful for the MINSAP, like the stereotactic frame manufactured in collaboration with the International Neurological Restoration Centre (CIREN). This device is applied in minimal access neurosurgery, and it’s used throughout Cuba and in other countries like Argentina, » she finished.

The CIE has a staff averaging 319 workers in all its systems and departments, and in 2013 the centre had sales of more than 84 billion pesos, and from these sales, more than 52 billion corresponded exports in CUC, for a total output of more than 243,000 pesos per worker.

Thus, the Immunoassay Centre has been awarded the National Vanguard award for the twenty first consecutive time in recognition of its results, and for many other projects in which its staff has been working at present. The flag for such a high distinction was granted by the Cuban Workers Federation (CTC) was awarded in a formal ceremony last Wednesday.

Translated by ESTI

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