The First Yemeni Cuban Medical Meeting [Archives:2000/06/Health]
Yasser M. Ahmad
In cooperation with the National Orthopedic Teaching Hospital “Frank Pais” and the Cuban Embassy in Sanaa, the Ministry of Public Health together with Al-Thawrah General Hospital and the Military Hospital organized the First Yemeni Cuban Meeting on 2-3 February 2000 at the Police Officers Club in Sanaa. The opening ceremony was attended by Mr. Abdu Rabo Hadi Mansour, Vice President of the Republic who delivered a speech in which he expressed his pleasure for attending the meeting and talked about the attention the political leadership paid to health services. He called upon Yemeni physicians to benefit from the outcomes of international meetings, conferences and studies in the domain of medicine as well as from using the Internet. Mr. Hadi also praised the work of the Cuban teams working in our country and the good relations between Yemen and Cuba.
After that Dr. Abdul Karim Shaiban, Deputy Minister of Health delivered a speech in which he said that cooperation between Yemen and Cuba was not confined to the medical domain but exceeded that to many different areas. He said that there were hundreds of Cuban specialists working in Yemen, more than 50 Yemeni students studying in Cuba and that more than 800 Yemeni physicians had graduated from the Cuban universities so far. By the end of his speech, he said that the Yemeni-Cuban Joint Committee would hold a meeting in Havana in the following few months.
The Cuban Ambassador to Yemen, HE. Hector Argiles Perez, said that the first Yemeni-Cuban meeting was an outcome of the fruitful Yemeni cooperation that agreed with the two countries’ trends to enhance and add impetus to the relationship between them. He also spoke highly of the efforts the Yemeni and Cuban physicians exerted to keep in pace with what was new in all domains of knowledge. He also expressed his optimism for furthering cooperation between the two countries.
On the other hand, Dr. Yahya Hamoud Humaidha, member of the preparatory committee said that the main goals of the meeting were to exchange experise and to come close to what Cuba had achieved so far in the domain of health. He also said that discussions would clarify the challenges that face health services development.
Discussion in the meeting centered on a number of subjects such as: Recent Advances in Hepatitis, Bone Transplantation in Orthopedical Surgery, Post Traumatic Femoral Neck Fracture, etc. in addition to a number of lectures that were delivered by both Yemeni and Cuban professors and doctors. The Cuban team also done a number of difficult operations in a number of Hospitals.
The opening ceremony was also attended by Mr. Ali Mohammed Al-Aanisi, Chairmen of the Presidency Office, Dr. Abdu Al-Hadi Al-Hamdani, Vice Chairman of the Presidency Office and a number of doctors and professors.