Since February 24, 1970 to date, more than 6.000 kidney transplants have been carried out in Cuba, despite the limitations imposed by the inhumane and genocidal blockade kept by the successive governments of the United States on the country almost six decades ago.
Although this technology is very expensive and there are nations in the world where a kidney transplant can cost 80.000 dollars, in Cuba it is completely free, apart from the immunosuppressive medicines guaranteed for life to all patients, experts stressed Tuesday to the press.
Dr. Antonio Enamorado, coordinator of the National Transplant Office of the Ministry of Public Health ( MINSAP by its Spanish acronym), explained that there are nine centers in the country to do this, five in Havana and the others in Villa Clara, Camaguey, Holguin and Santiago de Cuba.
He also pointed out that during the last five years more than 700 organ donations have been made in the Caribbean nation, which has benefited more than 900 patients.
Cuba is in second place in Latin America with a donation rate of 13.7 per million inhabitants and currently there are 3.500 patients in the country with dialysis methods.
This condition is increased by the aging of the population, diabetes mellitus, and high blood pressure, both of which are associated, among other causes, with obesity and smoking, which is associated with more than 60 diseases and damages the blood vessels.