Damascus, SANA – Health Minister Dr. Saad al-Nayef stressed the necessity of invigorating bilateral relations with Cuba, especially in pharmaceutics and biology labs.
The minister, who met the Cuban ambassador to Syria Fernando Perez Maza, stressed during the meeting that Syria will provide the Cuban side with a list of drugs and medicine that it needs, especially vaccines and quality medicines.
The ambassador, for his part, hailed the sacrifices of the Syrian people against a global war waged against them, expressing desire for cooperation with Syria in the field of pharmaceutics.
He unveiled that Cuba plans to send a quality medicine shipment to the Syrian health ministry in the near future.
Health Ministry receives 100 dialysis devices
Meanwhile, Dr. al-Nayef said the ministry has received 100 kidney dialysis devices worth over 1, 600, 000 euro for kidney failure patients to support medical services for patients at public hospitals.
The devices are of the best quality around the world whose costs the ministry has disbursed as part of its efforts to meet needs of patients with kidney failure, the minister stressed.
He pointed to mounting numbers of kidney patients being admitted to public hospitals, citing that the Kidney Surgery Hospital is now receiving 3,000 patients monthly for dialysis services compared to 1,000 before the crisis.
The minister indicated that the ministry has supplied health directorates in provinces with up to 370 medical shipments of medicine and medical equipment to ensure sustained health services in hospitals and healthcare centers.