Health Services, object of analysis within the Provincial Committee of the Party

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Las Tunas.- A detailed evaluation of public health services was made during the VII Plenary Session of the Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba in Las Tunas, chaired by the member of the Central Committee and its first secretary in Las Tunas, Manuel Perez Gallego.

During the analysis of the situation of the sector, the main objective and subjective aspects that hinder the care of patients and the prevention of diseases were highlighted, in particular the poor state of construction of the hospitals Mártires de Las Tunas, Ernesto Guevara de la Serna and Guillermo Dominguez.

Mention was also made of the delay in the ambulance service, the lack of medicines and supplies which generate a long surgical waiting list and the migration of doctors, nurses and other professionals to better paid activities.

Other problems are the missing prescription of drugs, the 78 surgeries where the doctor does not stay, the lack of sugar and other resources for the production of syrups and the high incidence of teenage pregnancies, a phenomenon that is increasing by compared to previous years.

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Dr. Viviana Gutiérrez Rodríguez, Director of Health, said that the sector is able to raise the quality of services and has a work system that allows it to be decisive. An example of this is the mother and child program, with a rate of 5.4 deaths per thousand live births.

He added that care is guaranteed during medical emergencies, that progress is being made in the recovery of clinics with structural problems for the benefit of many communities and that training of human resources is maintained to support health care.

Incidentally, Pérez Gallego recognized the performance of professionals in the sector and recalled that public health has been one of the activities most affected by the US blockade against Cuba and despite this, no service has been closed.

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The evaluation of the main economic indicators of the territory of Las Tunas was another of the points of the VII Plenary of the Provincial Committee, during which the violations of seven lines of exportable funds were learned; among them raw sugar, steel billets, tobacco, gold and charcoal.

In addition, it was reported that 22 local businesses are reporting losses and several are paying without productive support, that there are numerous accounts receivable or payable, and that internal control deficiencies and negligence persist in certain areas of accounting and human resources.

Regarding the confrontation with abusive prices, it was explained that until June 20, more than 7,800 actions have been carried out, with the imposition of 6,486 fines, mainly to sellers of light foods and industrial and agricultural products. .

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However, it was recognized that the measures have been ineffective and that tariffs for most products remain high, as price-agreement commissions have lacked rigor. Popular support in the neighborhoods was not enough either.

At the end of the meeting, Pérez Gallego said that the Party should play a greater role in monitoring, controlling and demanding all aspects of local socio-economic development, with priority given to food production.

He also congratulated the people of Las Tunas on the 70th anniversary of the assault on the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes barracks and for their support, dedication and ability to continue strengthening the revolutionary process in the province.

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