World Health Organization director Margaret Chan is on an official trip to Cuba to familiarize herself with the development of the country’s health care system, biotechnical research and medicines, Cuban state media said Monday.
“Whenever I come here I always learn something new from your scientists, from your health care workers,” Chan said upon her arrival in Havana accompanied by the director of the Pan American Health Organization, Carissa F. Etienne, Cuba’s official AIN news agency said.
Chan expressed her satisfaction at being once again on the island, which she is visiting for the third time, having come here in 2009 and 2012, AIN reported.
“I know that on these two days my program will be intense, but I’m not worried because I know I’m going to learn about the work you are doing with regard to research, biopharmaceuticals, in the entire health care sector,” Chan said.
Public Health Minister Roberto Morales Ojeda welcomed Chan and Etienne upon their arrival at the Jose Marti International Airport.
During her visit, Chan will go to the Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Center, the Immunotesting Center and the Molecular Immunology Center, and she will also deliver a speech at the Public Health Ministry headquarters.
The Cuban press noted that in May Cuba presided at the 67th session of the World Health Assembly in recognition of what the country has achieved in the sector.