Cuba is reorganizing its medical services in response to the threat of COVID-19, to avoid the unnecessary number of people in health institutions and without endangering the lives of the more than 11 million inhabitants.
Jose Angel Portal Miranda, health minister, explained on Tuesday on the TV show Mesa Redonda that the services have been restructured in a staggered way throughout the country, depending on the services that could be displaced.
In this sense, he clarified that medical consultations with vulnerable groups, such as pregnant women, are maintained and actions with them are reinforced, while procedures such as transplants and oncological surgeries continue.
Likewise, we decided to stop the dental services, except for emergency ones, and in the isolation places they will be present although it implies a high risk.
Regarding the sites created in Cuba for the isolation of people arriving in the country, he indicated they have been arranged with the participation of different agencies, in order to guarantee their organization.
People continue entering the country, most of them Cubans living abroad, who begin the 14-day isolation period, Portal Miranda noted.
The active investigations carried out by medical personnel in coordination with mass organizations have covered more than 3 million people in the nation, he added.
Cuba has 48 confirmed cases so far, 29 Cubans and 19 foreigners, and all those who have been linked to the sick are being followed up.